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Online launch of the “Leiden Overview on SOGIESC in International Law”

Date
Wednesday 26 January 2022
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Online event

The Leiden Overview on SOGIESC in International Law (put together by Kees Waaldijk & Waruguru Gaitho) is a list of online introductory video/audio/reading materials for anyone interested in the international legal aspects of SOGIESC (= Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity/Expression, Sex Characteristics) – and in particular for anyone (considering) taking part in Leiden University’s Summer School on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in International Law.

 

 

 

Date

Wednesday 26 January 2022

Time 17:15 – 18:45

Via Zoom

Registration is required: Please register here

On 26 January 2022 Leiden University’s Grotius Centre will host the official online launch of the Leiden Overview on SOGIESC in International Law. The two authors of this new online resource, Waruguru Gaitho & Kees Waaldijk, will then present the Leiden Overview to Flávia Piovesan and Gurchaten Sandhu (see below). All four of them will speak during this online launch event. The talks will be followed by an opportunity for Questions & Answers.

The Leiden Overview provides weblinks to a selection of (introductory) materials. These include online texts and video recordings about sexual orientation, gender identity and intersex issues in international human rights law, in international refugee law, in international criminal law, and in other areas of international law. The list covers materials from or about bodies of the United Nations, and from or about the African, Asian, European and Inter-American human rights systems. It also links to overviews of state practice in the countries of the world. The Leiden Overview aims to be an educational tool for many contexts around the world. It offers a good preparation for future participants in the Summer School on SOGI in International Law.

The speakers at the launch:

Flávia Piovesan is a member of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, and has been the Commission’s Rapporteur on the Rights of LGBTI Persons since 2018; Professor Flávia Piovesan teaches Constitutional Law and Humans Rights at the Catholic University of São Paulo.

Gurchaten Sandhu (Nanoo) is the President of UN-GLOBE (the organisation advocating for the equality of LGBTIQ+ personnel and dependents in the UN system), and works at the International Labour Organisation (ILO) on non-discrimination focusing on the grounds of  SOGIESC, race and religion; Nanoo is an alumnus of the Summer School on SOGI in International Law.

Waruguru Gaitho is a human rights lawyer focusing on the intersection of  SOGIESC, race and gender, and works as a lecturer at Leiden University’s Van Vollenhoven Institute for Law, Governance and Society; Gaitho is an alumnus of and speaker at, the Summer School on SOGI in International Law.

Kees Waaldijk is Professor of Comparative Sexual Orientation Law at Leiden University’s Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies, where in 2016 he started the Summer School on SOGI in International Law; Kees is speaker at, and academic coordinator of this Summer School.

Organisational and technical support for this online launch event (and for the Summer School on SOGI in International Law) is provided by Loran Hempenius, student at Leiden Law School and assistant to Professor Kees Waaldijk; Loran can be contacted at SOGI@law.leidenuniv.nl.

The Leiden Overview on SOGIESC in International Law is already available online.

Please register here for the online launch of the Leiden Overview on Wednesday 26 January.

Online application for the Summer School on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in International Law – Human Rights and Beyond (The Hague & Amsterdam, 27 July – 5 August 2022) will be possible from 17 January 2022.

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