The Women in Law Conference | Vienna | September 14 - 16, 2023


50+ international speakers & panelists | 6 in-depth panel discussions | 4 hands-on workshops | 3 days of networking
Day 1
Sep 15, 2022
Day 2
Sep 16, 2022
Day 3
Sep 17, 2022
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Check-In (Skylounge)

Welcome to Women in Law 2022

We’re starting off The Women in Law Conference 2021 with a warm welcome to all attendees.   All Sessions take place at the University of Vienna, Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1, 1090 Vienna, [open map]
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.
Alice Stocker
Victoria C. Abplanalp
Sophie Natlacen
Christian Demmelbauer
Alina Drack
Doruntina Berisha

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
Paula Tavares
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. Ottakringer Str. 224/224, 1160 Vienna [open map]
8:00 am - 8:30 am

Check-In (Skylounge)


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 Evelyn Regner, Vice-President of the European Parliament   All Sessions take place at the University of Vienna, Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1, 1090 Vienna, [open map]
Evelyn Regner
Gabriela Ramos
Věra Jourová
Helena Dalli
Alix Frank-Thomasser


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

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  
Andrea Miskolczi
Elaine L. Arozarena
Miriam A. Cherry
Valerie Saintot
Veronika Haberler
Lukas Flener

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
Onyoja Momoh
Maria Andriani Kostopoulou
Nida Usman Chaudhary
Osai Ojigho
Dubravka Šimonović
11:25 am-11:40 am

coffee break (Skylounge)

Track 2 – New work – workshop

delve deeper into the topic in this interactive practical workshop
Stefania Passera
Ines Maria Curtius

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

delve deeper into the topic in this interactive practical workshop
Kavinya Makau
Osai Ojigho
12:40 pm-1:40 pm

Networking Lunch Break (Mensa)

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  
Therese Frank
Tiffany Alvoid
Ana Nestorovic
Lwando Xaso
J. Jarpa Dawuni
Paula Tavares

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  
Birgit Fleischmann
Mahdis Gharaei
Angelika Pallwein-Prettner
Christiane Wendehorst
Bettina Knoetzl
Jennifer Lusser
I. Stephanie Boyce
Priyanka Dutta-Passecker
3:05 pm – 3:20 pm

coffee break (Skylounge)

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

The best way to stay at the top? Build your legacy As you are already successful in your career, you know exactly how to navigate corporate politics, divert microaggressions and position yourself. But this male-dominated game is exhausting. It won’t work for you forever, anybody else, or the planet. So the best option to remain at the top is to change the game. It is in your power to create just the economy you and future generations want. How? This is exactly what you will learn from career & leadership Coach Katja Radlgruber. She will guide you through the 6 ingredients for successful leadership careers, show you how to build a support system for yourself and create your legacy.
Katja Radlgruber

Plenary Session

Alice Stocker
Bettina Knoetzl
Valerie Saintot
Osai Ojigho
Katharina Mader
Jarpa Dawuni
Alix Frank-Thomasser

Conclusion & Farewell

Franz J. Heidinger
Alix Frank-Thomasser

Justitia Awards Gala

at the Vienna Justizpalast (Palace of Justice), Schmerlingplatz 10-11, 1010 Vienna [open map]   formal attire requested
Stefan Lenglinger
Franz J. Heidinger
Alix Frank-Thomasser
9:00 am-12:00 pm

Social Program and Networking