The Women in Law Conference | online | September 9 – 11, 2021


50+ international speakers & panelists | 10 in-depth panel discussions | 6 hands-on workshops | 3 days of networking
Day 1
Sep 09, 2021
Day 2
Sep 10, 2021
Day 3
Sep 11, 2021

Welcome to Women in Law 2021

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

transnational perspective and international best practice

expert panel discussion on the global situation of women in legal professions including best practice examples with Swethaa Ballakrishnen, University of California, Irvine | Jarpa Dawuni, Howard University Washington, DC | Divya Dwivedi, Advocate, Supreme Court of India | Rehana Khan Parker, WOZA, South Africa | Paula Tavares, Worldbank
Paula Tavares
Rehana Khan Parker
Jarpa Dawuni
Swethaa Ballakrishnen
Divya Dwivedi

The Women in Law Toolkit

presented by the authors of “The Women in Law Toolkit” the Law Society of England and Wales’ International Programmes Manager Lizzette Robleto de Howarth and Melanie Carter, partner at Bates Wells   One of the key findings was the importance of the significant role of law societies and bar associations in supporting women in law and transformative change within their own jurisdictions. This joint report: reinforces the findings of the 2019 report that there are still considerable challenges for women’s progression in the legal profession suggests a series of activities that can help strengthen the work of organisations to support women in the law This report has been researched and was written under extraordinary circumstances created by the global COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to the struggle to achieve greater gender equality, women around the world are currently facing an unparalleled set of challenges. The report provides practical advice, including: making a modest start drawing from the experiences of other women’s groups or chapters within bar associations using free resources finding champions thinking long term The types of suggested activities described in the report range from events aimed at women returners to networking events through to mentoring. The report lists a...
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Melanie Carter
Lizzette Robleto de Howarth

Male Allies Panel

moderated by Franz J. Heidinger | with Martin Gruber-Risak, Patrick Onyemaechi Kainz, Stefan Perner, Armenak Utudjian, Matthew Gimlette, Mark E. Wojcik   “In a male-dominated professional world, change towards equality will only happen if and when the sexes work together. Men who understand the urgency of the matter and who are willing to become true and proactive allies of the cause will facilitate and accelerate the process and thus avoid conflicts.” Franz J. Heidinger
Mark E. Wojcik
Armenak Utudjian
Stefan Perner
Martin Gruber-Risak
Matthew Gimlette
Franz J. Heidinger
Patrick Kainz

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 addresses by supporters and patrons of The Women in Law Initiative Helena Dalli, European Commissioner for Equality Margarete von Galen, president CCBE (Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe) Věra Jourová, European Commission Vice-President for Values and Transparency Christa Schweng, President of the EESC Rupert Wolff, president Austrian Bar (ÖRAK)
Christa Schweng
Rupert Wolff
Věra Jourová
Margarete von Galen
Helena Dalli
Alix Frank-Thomasser

Keynote by I. Stephanie Boyce

In her keynote address I. Stephanie Boyce, president of the Law Society of England and Wales, will discuss the change needed in the legal professions. During her tenure as president and in this speech, she will focus on three sources to bring about this change: equality, diversity and inclusion, and social mobility access to justice and technology mental health and wellbeing
I. Stephanie Boyce

Track 1 – (un)conscious bias

creating awareness of biases and dealing with them: introductory keynote by Margaret Thornton; expert panel discussion with Lukas Flener (moderator), Birgit Forgó-Feldner, Alice Fremuth-Wolf, Johannes Passecker, Stefan Perner  
Alice Fremuth-Wolf
Lukas Flener
Birgit Forgó-Feldner
Stefan Perner
Margaret Thornton
Johannes Passecker

Track 2 – flexibility & agility

strengths and weaknesses of modern working environments: introductory keynote by Christiane Müller-Haye; expert panel discussion with Christine Dietz (moderator), Ignaz Füsgen, Martin Gruber-Risak, Carmen Thornton, Elisabeth Weichselberger-Chlap
Christiane Müller-Haye
Carmen Thornton
Ignaz Füsgen
Martin Gruber-Risak
Christine Dietz
Elisabeth Weichselberger-Chlap

Track 3 – diversity / inclusion / intersectionality

going beyond gender: introductory keynote by Christina Blacklaws; expert panel discussion with Alex Storer (moderator), Maeve Delargy, Marion Guerrero, Antonia Verna
Antonia Verna
Alex Storer
Marion Guerrero
Christina Blacklaws
Maeve Delargy

Track 1 – (un)conscious bias – workshop

delve deeper into the topic in this interactive practical workshop
Alex Storer

Track 2 – flexibility & agility – workshop

delve deeper into the topic in this interactive practical workshop
Désirée Prantl

Track 3 – diversity / inclusion / intersectionality – workshop

delve deeper into the topic in this interactive practical workshop
Christina Blacklaws

Self Care Lunch Break – Managing your stress: insights from yoga

It is commonly accepted that yoga helps reduce stress. Many studies support this statement. But do you know how yoga helps relieve stress? In this hour, I will share with you elements of yoga philosophy that will help you rethink your relationship with stress. We will then put these teachings into practice in a gentle chair practice (no need for a mat, no need to change clothes). You will have plenty of opportunities to ask questions and share your experience.
Anne-Claire Jamart

Track 4 – From Superwoman to Sustainability: Thriving in your career whilst maintaining your Well-Being

Women* face many challenges and threats to their well-being from the burden of multiple responsibilities to female health and how to cope with them: introductory keynote by Priyanka Dutta; expert panel discussion with Anne-Claire Jamart (moderator) Priyanka Dutta, Katrina Kaktina, Leida Matja, Gabriele Plickert  
Gabriele Plickert
Leida Matja
Anne-Claire Jamart
Katrīna Kaktiņa
Priyanka Dutta

Track 5 – reaching the top

overcoming obstacles on the way to partner, director, board introductory keynote by Mirella Visser; expert panel discussion with Katja Radlgruber (née Schuh) (moderator), Almut Bühling, Eva-Maria Ségur-Cabanac, Marie-Aimée Peyron, Lena Rudkowski  
Eva-Maria Ségur-Cabanac
Almut Bühling
Marie-Aimée Peyron
Katja Radlgruber
Mirella Visser
Lena Rudkowski

Track 6 – COVID-19

the impact of the pandemic on women* in the professions introductory keynote by Michaela Gindl; expert panel discussion with Dana Denis-Smith (moderator), Margarete von Galen, Agnese Kalnina, Simone Oremovic, Ulrike Schultz, Verica Trstenjak  
Agnese Kalniņa
Verica Trstenjak
Dana Denis-Smith
Michaela Gindl
Margarete von Galen
Simone Oremovic
Ulrike Schultz

Track 4 – workshop “From Superwoman to Sustainability: Thriving in your career whilst maintaining your Well-being”

delve deeper into the topic in this interactive practical workshop
Ann Collier
Julie Gottlieb

Track 5 – reaching the top – workshop

delve deeper into the topic in this interactive practical workshop
Francine Brogyanyi

Track 6 – COVID-19, dealing with the aftermath of the pandemic – workshop

delve deeper into the topic in this interactive practical workshop
Rangita de Silva de Alwis

Plenary Session

Alix Frank-Thomasser


Franz J. Heidinger
Alix Frank-Thomasser
5:30 pm-6:30 pm

Justitia Awards Gala

“Come as you are” yoga class

No need for a mat, no need for tight clothes, no need to be able to touch your toes. Come as you are and if that means you are in your pyjamas, that is fine with me. In this hour we will spend together, I will share with you why I love yoga and what yoga is all about, (spoiler alert: not the poses). We will then practice together, standing (you can have a chair or a wall nearby if you feel a bit wobbly) and on the floor (grab a towel if you do not want to sit or lie down directly on the floor). No prior yoga experience required.
Anne-Claire Jamart

Social Program and Networking

We end The Women in Law Conference 2021 with a Saturday filled with social programs and ample opportunities for further networking