Since the beginning of the 1990s, the Lebanese judiciary has witnessed an increase in the proportion of female judges out of the total number of judges. At the time, some judicial officials and the Ministry of Justice expressed concern about the feminization of the judiciary and sometimes went so far by taking explicit measures, such as the exclusion of all female candidates from entering the Judicial Studies Institute in 1993-1994. Years later, and given the decline in male judges’ number, and the change of values as well as pressures, the feminization of judiciary was eventually accepted, and officials attempt to confront it was limited to encouraging males’ engagement in judiciary. But, do female judges perform judicial functions on an equal footing with their male peers, or is there a disparity or discrimination in the sharing of responsibilities according to their categories, occupational competence or geographical presence?
The answer to these questions is in this paper, which was prepared under the project "Support and Strengthening of the Independence of the Judiciary in Lebanon as a Social Priority", which is managed by the Legal Agenda with financial support from the EU and in cooperation with the International Commission of Jurists and the Syracuse International Institute of Criminal Justice and Human Rights.
This platform is part of the Axis 1 "Strengthening the capacities of equality actors" of the Priority Solidarity Fund "Women for the future in the Mediterranean" funded by the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs and led by the European Institute of the Mediterranean, in the framework of the project “Developing Women's Empowerment” labelled by the Union for the Mediterranean.