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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.

Latest News

  • New UKSC President Delivers Speech on ‘Constitutional Implications of Judicial Selection.’

    Baroness Hale delivered a speech on the constitutional dimension to the judicial selection process. The speech was delivered at the Constitutional Law Summer School in Belfast. You can read this and other judicial lectures here 

  • Our Statement on Recent Senior Judicial Appointments

    The JDI warmly welcomes the appointments of Lady Hale as President of the Supreme Court, Lady Justice Black to the Supreme Court, and Mrs Justice Asplin and Mr Justice Singh to the Court of Appeal. We are disappointed, however, to see only one woman out the seven new appointments to the Court of Appeal. Is this the next frontier for judicial diversity?

  • New Zealand Supreme Court Makes History

    An interesting, symbolic, development in New Zealand where the Supreme Court sat a majority of women in an en banc sitting. Current female Justices of the Supreme Court of New Zealand are Chief Justice Sian Elias, Justice Susan Glazebrook, Justice Ellen France. The bench is completed by Justice William Young and Justice Mark O’Regan. Read more here 


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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