The aim of the Judicial Diversity Initiative (JDI) is to promote the equal participation of women and men from a diverse range of backgrounds, experiences and identities in the judiciary in England and Wales by 2020.
The JDI serves as a forum for bringing together academics, practitioners, judges and policy-makers to work towards gender parity on the bench. Read about the JDI’s aims and background.
- Dame Mary Arden becomes the third woman to be appointed to the UKSC
Former High Court Judge, former Chair of the Law Commission and current Lady Justice of Appeal, Dame Mary Arden, becomes the third woman to be appointed to the final appellate jurisdiction of the United Kingdom. A graduate of Cambridge and Harvard, Dame Mary is a jurist of stellar credentials and has extra-judicially written about different areas of law and practice. Dame Mary’s appointment was approved by the Queen alongside that of Lords Justices Kitchin and Sales. The three judges from the Court of Appeal will respectively fill the vacancies created by the retirements of Lords Mance, Hughes and Sumption from the Court. The JDI would like to recommend to its followers a Lecture delivered by Dame Mary at JUSTICE’s 10th Annual Human Rights Law Conference in 2008 titled ‘Building a Better Society.’
- *New Publication* ‘Judicial leadership on the UK Supreme Court’
Professors Rosemary Hunter and Erika Rackley have published an empirically informed article titled ‘Judicial leadership on the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom’ in Legal Studies. A summary of the interesting findings of this research project can also be read on a post on the UK Constitutional Law Blog. Both Professors Hunter and Rackley are members of the executive committee of the Judicial Diversity Initiative. This recent article and other academic outputs on judicial diversity can also be found on this site in the research repository.
- Constitution Committee of the House of Lords follow-up Report on Judicial Appointments
The Constitution Committee of the House of Lords has published a follow-up Report to its previous comprehensive work on judicial appointments. The Report comments on the issue of judicial diversity and can be accessed on our “Reports and Statistics” page.
Our research repository lists publications from this jurisdiction and beyond. Our judicial lectures page highlights recent judicial speeches on the subject of judicial diversity. We also have a list of downloadable resources on the Reports and Statistics page. This information is meant to inform the debate around the issue of judicial diversity and aid further research.
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