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Opening session

Empowering our future: Why diversity, inclusion and social justice matter

 Monday, 24 August

 14:30 – 15:30 CET

Social justice is about creating a fair, diverse and inclusive society. Today, many people are still discriminated against because of their gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture, or disability. While governments, NGOs and the private sector are making some progress in fighting bias, putting principles of diversity and inclusion into practice, or ensuring a fair system of justice, there is still more to be done.

The plenary session will provide a common understanding of these issues and their meaning, exposing gaps and discussing the case for why diversity, inclusion and social justice matter within society, and the role of lawyers in driving and supporting a positive change. Speakers will share information, initiatives and tools to ensure better access to justice and a more diverse and inclusive world.

As an international association cherishing these values, we invite all of you to join our plenary session to discuss principles and forms of equality shaped around diversity. Joined by esteemed speakers with extensive knowledge and expertise within the field, this session will remind us once again the importance of diversity, inclusion and social justice.

AIJA President Paola Fudakowska

AIJA Human Rights Committee:

  • Ayşe Ülkü Solak
  • Gülsüm Aslan
  • Pia Padfield
  • Martijn Burgers

Congress Work Coordinators:

  • Clara Poglia
  • Mark Beardsworth
  • Fernanda Souto Pacheco

Please register to the congress to attend this session.

General reporters

Paola Fudakowska

AIJA President, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, UK

Ayşe Ülkü Solak

NAZALI Tax and Legal Services, Turkey

AIJA Human Rights Committee

Gülsüm Aslan

AIG, Netherlands

AIJA Human Rights Committee

Pia Padfield

Simmons&Simmons, UK

AIJA Human Rights Committee

Martijn Burgers

Pact advocaten, Netherlands

AIJA Human Rights Committee

Clara Poglia

Schellenberg Wittmer, Switzerland

Virtual Congress Work Coordinator

Mark Beardsworth

Wickersham & Taft LLP, UK

Virtual Congress Work Coordinator

Fernanda Souto Pacheco

Dannemann Siemsen Advogados, Brazil

Virtual Congress Work Coordinator