About the Committee
The Women Lawyers' Interest Group (WIG) of the International Bar Association offers a forum for women members from Australia to Zambia to discuss topics of global significance to women practitioners. The Group was introduced as an IBA constituent in 1996 by Dianna Kempe QC in order to allow efficient global networking of women lawyers.
Liaison and discussions take place at IBA conferences, at IBA World Women Lawyers’ Conferences, by newsletter or through contact with fellow members listed in the Group's Directory. Apart from fostering women lawyers’ business potentials, the Group also aims to provide informal advice and assistance in areas of interest. Moreover, many of the countries in the IBA have a WIG Country Representative who organizes programmes and events according to the local needs of each country.
All IBA members, both male and female, are encouraged to participate in the Women Lawyers' Interest Group's activities.
Forthcoming conferences and webinars View all conferences and webinars
This article for the Women Lawyers’ Interest Group aims to raise awareness of the issues faced by women in this new working environment and the ways through which both employers and employees can navigate these issues.
A message from the Editors of the Women Lawyers' Interest Group, March 2021
A message from the Officers of the Women Lawyers' Interest Group, October 2020
Gender equality and access to justice in Brazil: the all-too-common struggle of victims of sexual violence
This article addresses the systemic problem of the mistreatment of women who are victims of sexual violence (especially in cases of violence by men against women) by the Brazilian criminal justice system that has come to the fore over the years, some of the key reasons behind the issue, as well as some brief comments on some possible solutions.
How can female lawyers at the beginning of their careers develop an international practice? A panel from Charles Russell Speechlys shared their experiences as part of International Women’s Day 2020. They provided practical tips for aspiring international lawyers – from joining an international association to doing an overseas secondment – which considered the additional challenges that women lawyers may face, such as career breaks to start a family or part time working.
Scholarships and awards
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Subcommittees and other groups
The Women Lawyers' Interest Group also coordinates the activities of the following subcommittees/working groups.
- Women Lawyers' Interest Group Advisory Board
- Women Lawyers' Interest Group Projects Subcommittee