Monday, October 13, 2008
Columbia Law School Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic Intervenes in Case Before the European Court of Human Rights
The Columbia Law School Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic was granted intervener status in a case pending before the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). The case, M. v. United Kingdom, seeks a ruling on the obligations that nations have to protect victims of sex trafficking. The case was brought by a young woman who was sex trafficked to the United Kingdom and subsequently denied asylum there.
The intervention, similar to an amicus brief, argues that state parties to the European Convention on Human Rights must, under the Convention’s anti-slavery provision, consider providing residency to sex trafficking victims who are trafficked into their territory. The submission shows that sex trafficking and slavery are fundamentally linked human rights violations, an argument widely accepted internationally.
Congratulations to Professor Suzanne B. Goldberg, Director of the Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic, and to her students working on the case: Bradley Mullins, Jennifer Ryan and Abram Seaman. Click on their names to send them an email if you want more information about the case.