February 15, 2009
UCLA Law - The Global Arc of Justice: Sexual Orientation Law Around the World
The Global Arc of Justice: Sexual Orientation Law Around the World, will be a four-day international conference March 11-14, 2009 focusing on advances in LGBT rights around the globe. Convened by the Williams Institute, a research center on sexual orientation and gender identity law and policy at the UCLA School of Law; the International Lesbian and Gay Law Association (ILGLaw); and the City of West Hollywood; the conference will be held from March 11-14 on the UCLA campus in Los Angeles and in West Hollywood, California. The conference will offer simultaneous translation in English and Spanish.
Topics covered at the Global Arc of Justice Conference will include international efforts to advance legal recognition for same sex couples; the repeal of sodomy laws in former British Colonies; efforts by national governments to end homophobia and advance LGBT equality; implementation of the Yogyakarta Principles in litigation strategies and legal scholarship; and advancement of the rights of transgender people. Conference activities will include strategy working groups, paper presentations, plenary sessions, and various networking opportunities and celebrations.
Presenters will include openly gay national high court Justices Kirby from Australia and Zaffaroni from Venezuela and Supreme Court Justice Ram from Nepal; former president of the European Parliament Peter Schieder; co-director of South Africa’s Sonke Gender Justice Network Dean Peacock; International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission Executive Director Paula Ettelbrick; former U.S. ambassador Michael Guest; and a high-profile panel dealing with marriage rights in California.
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