Monday, February 2, 2009

UCLA Conference on LGBT Law Around the World (with a Special Focus on Latin America)

The Global Arc of Justice Conference will be a four-day international conference focused 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 UCLA Law; the International Lesbian and Gay Law Association (ILGLaw); and the City of West Hollywood; the conference will be held from March 11-14, 2009 on the UCLA campus in Los Angeles and in West Hollywood, California.  The conference will offer simultaneous translation in English and Spanish. Topics to be covered 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.

The conference will cover developments in LGBT rights from all parts of the world, but will have a special focus on Latin America.  Of the over 90 paper and presentation proposals received so far, over 40% have been submitted by presenters from Latin America and over 50% are from the Global South.  Presentations will include developments and challenges in countries such as Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Jamaica, Mexico, Peru, and Nicaragua.

Click here for more information about the conference.  Early registration dates have just been extended to February 15, 2009.

Hat to to Brad Sears


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