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The Women in Law Conference | Vienna | September 12-14, 2024

Justitia Awards 2023

celebrating outstanding women in law

nominations closed for 2023

Justitia Award Laureates 2023

Leader / Lifetime Award

Academia

Satang Nabaneh

Director of Programs & Research Professor of Law | University of Dayton

GAME CHANGERS / PIONEERS / YOUNG ACHIEVERS

Nominations 2023

The Justitia Awards honor outstanding women in law in one of three categories:
(1) international leaders / lifetime awards
(2) academia
(3) game changers / pioneers / young achievers

Nominations are open to all legal professions: lawyers, notaries public, in-house counsel, judges, researchers and scientists, civil servants, and all other fields of legal practice.

NOMINATIONS WERE OPEN FROM JANUARY 17 TO MARCH 31, 2023

CLOSED

Categories

International Leaders / Lifetime Award

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

Academia

The nominee has made a 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.

Game Changers / Pioneers / Young Achievers

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 she is a young legal professional who has shattered the glass ceiling in her field. This includes new working methods where “business as usual” has failed and innovative “out-of-the-box” solutions have succeeded.

Justitia Award Shortlists 2023

Here are the 18 female legal professionals who have been shortlisted for the Justitia Awards 2023.

The winners will be announced at the Justitia Award Gala on September 15, 2023, in Vienna, Austria.

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Shortlist Category 1 - National & International: INTERNATIONAL LEADER / LIFETIME AWARD

Shortlist Category 2 - National & International: ACADEMIA

Lizzette Robleto de Howarth

Leader, Lawyer, Academic and Advocate | Senior Lecturer at The University of Law

Satang Nabaneh

Director of Programs & Research Professor of Law | University of Dayton

Shortlist Category 3 - International: GAME CHANGERS / PIONEERS / YOUNG ACHIEVERS

Shortlist Category 3 - National: GAME CHANGERS / PIONEERS / YOUNG ACHIEVERS

Justitia Award Nominees 2023

Meet the outstanding women in law nominated for the Justitia Awards 2023.

Category 1 - International Leader / Lifetime Award

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

Category 2 - Academia

The nominee has made a 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.

Category 3 - Game Changers / Pioneers / Young Achievers

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 she is a young legal professional who has shattered the glass ceiling in her field. This includes new working methods where “business as usual” has failed and innovative “out-of-the-box” solutions have succeeded.

Election Committee 2023

The distinguished Justitia Laureates’ Election Committee reviews each nomination for the Justitia Awards, shortlists the finalists, and elects the laureates of each category.

Maria Berger

Maria Berger is a Justitia Award laureate, as well as a former member of the European Parliament, the Council of Ministers and the EU Court of Justice. 

Tadala Chinkwezule

Tadala Chinkwezule is a Malawian Lawyer and Notary Public. She holds a Master’s degree in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa, Bachelor of Law Honours Degree (Upper 2nd Class), Diploma in International Arbitration, Certificate in Corporate Governance and Certificate in Enterpreneurship. She is a Justitia Award Laureate.

Lukas Flener

Lukas Flener is a Partner at Fellner Wratzfeld & Partner Rechtsanwälte. He has over 20 years of experience as a lawyer and worked for the Austrian Cartel Court and international law firms in Vienna, Brussels and London.

Pauline Javani

Pauline Javani is Head of Member Development (APAC) at MSI Global Alliance – a silver sponsor of the Women in Law Initiative. She is responsible for growth and member engagement in the APAC region at MSI, a leading global association of independent legal and accounting firms.

Carmen Thornton

Carmen Thornton founded her own law firm as a young mother. She was one of the first lawyers in Austria to extensively use social media for marketing, acquisition, and PR, gaining over 17,000 followers on Instagram. She is a prolific columnist and speaker. Carmen is also one of our Justitia Award Laureates.

Dora Bertrandt

Dora Bertrandt, Founder of Paragraphinnen and Justitia Award Laureate

Michaela Clicque

Michaela Clicque is a legal counsel for UEFA’s Statutory and Regulatory Unit, where she takes the lead in all regulatory-related matters. Michaela is a Justitia Award Laureate. Jointly with FIFA, she provides legal advice on the revision process of the statutes of the national associations affiliated to UEFA.

Alix Frank-Thomasser

Alix Frank-Thomasser is a senior partner of Alix Frank Rechtsanwälte GmbH – a gold sponsor of the Women in Law Initiative. She co-founded the Women in Law Initiative five years ago. She is a successful business lawyer, published author, co-founder of the EuréseaU network, and chair of the CSR Committee of CCBE, the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe.

Susanne Kalss

Susanne Kalss is a professor of business law at the University of Economics and Business in Vienna. The founder of the „Austrian Supervisory Board Day“ (Aufsichtsratstag) and the „Austrian Family Business Day“ (Familienunternehmertag) is also a Justitia Award Laureate.

Nida Usman Chaudhary

Nida Usman Chaudhary writes for national and international publications, advises on gender and children’s rights and teaches corporate law from a business and human rights perspective. The Justitia Award Laureate also founded the Women in Law Initiative in Pakistan.

Brigitte Bierlein

Brigitte Bierlein is a Justitia Award Laureate, she was the first female President of the Austrian Constitutional Court. In 2019, she was appointed as Federal Chancellor of the Republic of Austria – the first woman in Austria’s history to hold this office

Jarpa Dawuni

Jarpa Dawuni is a Justitia Award Laureate, an internationally renowned scholar, researcher, and qualified Barrister-at-Law. She is the founder and executive director of the “Institute for African Women in Law”, and the recipient of the President Obama White House Presidential Award.

Omnia Gadalla

Omnia Gadalla, a Justitia Award Laureate founded the „Her Honor Setting The Bar Initiative“, which fights gender-based discrimination in the Egyptian legal industry. She has filed suits against the Egyptian President, Minister of Justice and head of the state council. She teaches at Al-Azhar University, where she mentors female students.

Elisabeth Zoi Lendway

Elisabeth Zoi Lendway is a contracts manager at Airbus Defence and Space GmbH in Germany and a Justitia Award laureate. She is a mentor to young professionals and also takes care of and advocates for children on the Autism-Spectrum.

Armenak Utudjian

Armenak Utudjian is a recognised expert in private foundation law and President of the Austrian Bar Association (ÖRAK).

Christina Blacklaws

As President of The Law Society of England and Wales, Christina developed a lead program for women in leadership positions in the legal field. Today, she runs her own consultancy business and is an award-winning published author. She is also one of our Justitia Award Laureates.

Zlata Đurđević

Zlata Đurđević is a tenured professor of criminal procedure, human rights, international and European criminal law at the University of Zagreb. She is a Justitia Award Laureate

Elisabeth Holzleithner

Elisabeth Holzleithner is a Justitia Award Laureat. She is professor of Legal Philosophy & Legal Gender Studies, head of the Department of Legal Philosophy at the University of Vienna School of Law, CFO of Doctoral School ARS Iuris, PI of Research Platform GAIN

Ilse Reiter-Zatloukal

Ilse Reiter-Zatloukal is an accomplished researcher and beloved lecturer at the Department for Legal and Constitutional History at the University of Vienna School of Law. As Vice-Chair of the Senate of the University of Vienna, she holds one of the highest positions at the University and is a Justitia Award Laureate as well.

Justitia Awards 2023

The Awards Ceremony will take place in Vienna, on September 15, 2023, during the Fourth International Women in Law Conference.

Justitia Awards 2022

meet last year’s inspiring nominees and awardees, watch the Gala 2022 and read our magazine honoring the shortlisted candidates

Justitia Awards 2022

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