Justitia Awards 2020

Justitia Awards

November 19, 2020

The Women in Law Initiative will present the Justitia Awards to outstanding national and international female legal experts online on 19 November 2020. The Justitia Awards Celebration will premier online on our YouTube channel on November 19, 2020, at 7 pm (CET).

The Justitia Awards will honor outstanding female laureates of the legal professions in one of three categories. Nominations are open to women in law in all legal professions: lawyers, notaries public, in-house counsel, judges, researchers and scientists, civil servants, etc. The ceremony takes place on 19 November 2020 at 19:00.

Nominations for the Justitia Awards 2020 are closed. The Laureats’ Selection Committee will review the many interesting nominations we have received in the next few weeks.

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On 19 November, the winner of the Justitia Awards 2020 will be revealed. Women in law, who have not only achieved outstanding professional achievements both nationally and internationally but who have also been pioneers and role models for women in the legal profession, will be honored in three categories. The special prize for organizations goes to the European Women Lawyers’ Association (EWLA), which was founded 20 years ago by the British lawyer Cherie Blair together with fellow women lawyers from 15 European countries and is still one of the most important European platforms for women lawyers today.

Those nominees who made it onto the shortlist will be featured individually by The Women in Law Initiative in the coming weeks. The winners will be announced at the award ceremony on 19 November 2020.


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International Leaders / Lifetime Award

This category celebrates the most talented and impactful women in the legal professions, recognizes their achievements and contribution to the society. The nominee is “the” outstanding woman of the year, demonstrating excellence, as the most innovative and groundbreaking lifetime achiever.


The nominee should have made significant impact, delivered qualitatively and/or quantitatively measurable tangible results relative to the invested resources and influenced demonstrable changes in: attitudes, beliefs, and practices towards gender equality in legal professions.

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Young Achievers / Game Changers / Pioneers

The nominee is a game changer, who has made an impact in the promotion of innovative approaches resulting in opportunities for women in law or a young legal professional, who has shattered the glass ceiling in her field. This includes new ways of working where “business as usual” has failed and innovative “out-of-the-box” solutions have succeeded. She has demonstrated innovation in terms of: the themes covered; the methodology employed; the channels used to create opportunities; and/or other aspects.


1. International leaders / Lifetime Award: Brigitte Bierlein, Christina Blacklaws, Hlaleleni Kathleen Dlepu, Rehana Khan Parker, Silva de la Puerta Rosario

2. Academia: J. Jarpa Dawuni, Ivana Krstic, Antonija Petričušić, Ilse Reiter-Zatloukal

3. Young achievers / Game changers / Pioneers: Christina Blacklaws, Michaela Clicque, Omnia Gadalla, Petra Smutny, Carmen Thornton


Deadline of Nominations: March 15, 2020. Please use the form provided. Only materials received prior to the deadline will be considered by the selection committee.

The Justitia Award is an honorary award with no monetary payments. The selection of laureates falls under the sole discretion of the Justitia Laureates’ Selection Committee. The Committee further reserves the right to grant special awards beyond the categories. Any recourse is excluded.