meet last year’s inspiring nominees and awardees, watch the Gala 2022 and read our magazine honoring the shortlisted candidatesJustitia Awards 2022
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 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 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 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 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, Founder of Paragraphinnen and Justitia Award Laureate
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 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 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 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 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 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, 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 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 is a recognised expert in private foundation law and President of the Austrian Bar Association (ÖRAK).
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 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 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 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.
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