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The Women in Law Conference | Vienna | September 15 - 17, 2022
Women in Law
Conference
Vienna, Austria
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international experts
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September 15-17, 2022
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Meet
50+ speakers
panelists and moderators
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3 days of networking
4 practical workshops
6 expert panel discussions
reducing the gender pay gap
young voices panel
4 remaining at the top
3 microaggressions
2 new work

1 women’s rights = human rights

The Women in Law Initiative

The Women in Law Initiative connects female* legal professionals (and their male* allies) from all around the globe, organizes international conferences, and presents the annual Justitia Awards.

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Topics 2022

Kick-off events

  • Young voices panel
    The future is female – how will the next generation of women* in law shape the legal professions? 
  • Reducing the gender pay gap
    Why should the legal professions care? How is economic gender disparity hurting the legal professions?

4 Conference Tracks 

  1. Women’s rights are human rights
    The importance of international treaties for the protection and global advancement of women with a special focus on the Istanbul Convention and CEDAW
  2. New work
    digitization, automation, AI, work-life-blending, collaboration, remote work, agility – Quo Vadis, (women* in the) legal professions?
  3. Microaggressions and micro discrimination
    Eliminating microaggressions as a way to achieve gender equality in the legal professions
  4. Remaining at the top
    They have shattered glass ceilings, overcome bias, and put in more work and hours than everyone else to reach their goals. Now, how do these women at the top defend and hold their well-earned positions? 

From theory to practice in each track 

  • Introductory lecture (keynote) and panel input by experts  
  • Interactive learning & best practice workshop
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Why join?

50+ international speakers & panelists

6 expert panel discussions

4 hands-on workshops

3 days of networking

 

Delve into the most pressing topics for women* in the legal professions today. Join two tracks, and share your thoughts, experiences, and knowledge with women* and male* allies from around the globe.

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33Days
7Hours
47Mins
55Secs

Program

September 15, 3PM to September 17, 12PM (CEST), 2022
Day 1
Sep 15, 2022
Day 2
Sep 16, 2022
Day 3
Sep 17, 2022

Welcome to Women in Law 2022

We’re starting off The Women in Law Conference 2021 with a warm welcome to all attendees.
Franz J. Heidinger
Alix Frank-Thomasser

Young voices panel

The future is female – how will the next generation of women* in law shape the legal professions? What dreams and visions do young women* have for their careers in law? What do they want from employers and colleagues, from lawmakers and their fellow women* in law? Listen to young voices and learn from their experiences and expectations.
Victoria C. Abplanalp
Sophie Natlacen
Christian Demmelbauer
Alina Drack
Doruntina Berisha
Iga Kurowska

Reducing the Gender Pay Gap

Why should the legal professions care? How is economic gender disparity hurting the legal professions? Even in the legal professions, women* still earn less than men* and the pay gap widens further with age and job level. These disparities hurt women* and cement the gendered distribution of power and wealth in societies. Our experts will take a global perspective on the gender pay gap and discuss ways towards greater pay equity. Which steps can law firms, in-house counsel, and other legal professionals take to actively work towards closing the gender pay gap?
Laura Carlson
Katharina Mader
Alix Frank-Thomasser

Mayor’s Reception at Viennese Heuriger (in-person event)

The Women in Law Initiative and the Mayor of Vienna, Dr. Michael Ludwig, invite all attendees to the traditional Vienna Heuriger (wine-cellar) 10er Marie.

Welcome

Welcome addresses by supporters and patrons of The Women in Law Initiative Helena Dalli, European Commissioner for Equality Věra Jourová, European Commission Vice-President for Values and Transparency Gabriela Ramos, Assistant Director-General for the Social and Human Sciences of UNESCO
Věra Jourová
Helena Dalli
Alix Frank-Thomasser

Keynote

Alma Zadić, Minister of Justice, Republic of Austria
Alma Zadić

Track 1 – Women’s rights are human rights

The importance of international treaties for the protection and global advancement of women with a special focus on the Istanbul Convention and CEDAW. Why are CEDAW and the Istanbul Convention relevant for women* in law? We will discuss the status of implementation and legislative proposals, their current and future impact on women* (in law), and strategies for sustainable and effective enforcement on a global level.   introductory keynote expert panel discussion  
Joanna Wisła-Płonka
Karin Lukas
Divya Dwivedi
Onyoja Momoh
Maria Andriani Kostopoulou
Nida Usman Chaudhary
Osai Ojigho
Dubravka Šimonović

Track 2 – New work

digitization, automation, AI, work-life-blending, collaboration, remote work, agility – Quo vadis, (women* in the) legal professions? How will we shape the future of work in the legal professions? Which role will women* play in the implementation of new work? How can companies in the legal world become more, open-minded, agile, efficient, and innovative? How can women* in law combine professional development with personal growth?   introductory keynote expert panel discussion  
Ellen Hayes
Valerie Saintot
Veronika Haberler
Lukas Flener
11:25 am-11:40 am

coffee break

Track 1 – Women’s rights are human rights – workshop

delve deeper into the topic in this interactive practical workshop
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Track 2 – New work – workshop

delve deeper into the topic in this interactive practical workshop
Stefania Passera
Ines Maria Curtius
12:40 pm-1:40 pm

Networking Lunch Break

Track 3 – Microaggressions and micro-discriminations

Eliminating microaggressions as a way to achieve gender equality in the legal professions. Microaggressions are oftentimes unintentional, subtle, casual, everyday behaviors and interactions that communicate bias and send denigrating messages to members of a marginalized group (e.g., people of color, women*, LGBTQI+). They are hurtful and notoriously difficult to confront because the sender of the message often does not intend to harm and is unaware of the psychological toll these seemingly small offenses take. We will discuss the detrimental effects such as the lowering of work productivity and problem-solving abilities of microassaults, microinsults, and microinvalidations in the workplace and help raise self-awareness through information and practical guidance.   introductory keynote expert panel discussion  
Lwando Xaso
J. Jarpa Dawuni
Paula Tavares
Christina Blacklaws

Track 4 – Remaining at the top

They have shattered glass ceilings, overcome bias, put in more work and hours than everyone else to reach their goals. Now, how do these women at the top defend and hold their well-earned positions? While there are still too few women in leadership positions, those who have finally shattered glass ceilings and reached the top are faced with the daunting challenge of remaining there. How do you become an agent of change and support other women*? How do you not get caught in the “double bind”? How do you cope with over-burdening? How do you find and unapologetically embrace your personal leadership style? Successful women* in executive positions discuss their personal development and share their insights on becoming and staying successful.   introductory keynote expert panel discussion  
Angelika Pallwein-Prettner
Isabel Boaten
Christiane Wendehorst
Bettina Knoetzl
Jennifer Lusser
I. Stephanie Boyce
Priyanka Dutta-Passecker
3:05 pm – 3:20 pm

coffee break

Track 3 – Microaggressions and micro-discriminations – workshop

delve deeper into the topic in this interactive practical workshop
Lizzette Robleto de Howarth

Track 4 – Remaining at the top – workshop

delve deeper into the topic in this interactive practical workshop
tba

Plenary Session

Franz J. Heidinger
Alix Frank-Thomasser

Conclusion & Farewell

Franz J. Heidinger
Alix Frank-Thomasser
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Justitia Awards Gala

9:00 am-12:00 pm

Social Program and Networking

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40.00 EUR

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networking sessions

Justitia Award Ceremony

Mayor’s Reception at Viennese Heuriger (in-person event)

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Legal Expert in Training
140.00 EUR

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networking sessions

Justitia Award Ceremony

Mayor’s Reception at Viennese Heuriger (in-person event)

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Mayor’s Reception at Viennese Heuriger (in-person event)

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