Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy
03 September 2021


The first season of the Women in Justice podcast launches with an episode featuring Mme. Françoise Tulkens, former Vice-President of the European Court of Human Rights.




On the very first episode of Women in International Justice, Judge Francoise Tulkens shares the memories of her first steps in the European Court of Human Rights. Listen, as she shares she doubts that plagued her colleagues, the people who inspired her, and her thoughts on the future of the international Judiciary system. Inspired by the words of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Judge Tulkens gives us a fascinating take on diversity, what it really means, and, more importantly what it can bring to the legitimacy of courts.

This podcast series is co-organised by the research team of the SNF-funded project “Diversity on the International Bench: Building Legitimacy for International Courts and Tribunals”, the Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy (AHCD), and the Graduate Institute’s Research Office. It builds from the vibrant lecture series on “Women’s Voices on the International Judiciary”, deepening the questions raised by the public and focusing more specifically on the trajectory of these inspiring women. The episodes are moderated by the project’s lead professors, Neus Torbisco-Casals and Andrew Clapham, and will welcome Prof. Gabrielle Kaufmann-Kohler (Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler) and Ms. Catherine Marchi-Uhel (IIIM-Syria) for the upcoming episodes.

Stay tuned for more on this podcast and other initiatives from the Diversity on the International Bench Project here:



Françoise Tulkens has a Doctorate in Law, a Master’s degree in Criminology and a Higher education teaching certificate in Law. She was a Professor at the University of Louvain and has taught as a visiting professor at the Universities of Geneva, Leuven, Ottawa, Paris I, Rennes, Strasbourg and Louisiana State University. From November 1998 to September 2012, she was a Judge in the European Court of Human Rights, serving as Section President and as Vice-President of the Court. She has been an Associate Member of the Belgian Royal Academy since 2011.

Neus Torbisco-Casals is Senior Research Fellow at the Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy and a Faculty member at the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, where she teaches courses relating to international human rights law and transitional justice. She is also Associate Professor of Law at Pompeu Fabra University (on leave) and Visiting Professor at the Graduate Institute’s International Law Department.

Andrew Clapham is Professor of International Law at the Graduate Institute. He was the first Director of the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights (June 2006 - July 2014). He teaches international human rights law, the laws of war, and public international law. He is currently serving as a member of the UN Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan.