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Meet Rosa: pleading (successfully!) in an LGBTQIA+ case

Meet Rosa: pleading (successfully!) in an LGBTQIA+ case before the CJEU as an early-career lawyer

On Thursday 16 February, Leiden University welcomed Abogada Rosa Oyarzabal, who pled Court of Justice Case C-356/21 on LGBTQIA+ rights to non-discrimination in self-employment. A considerable number of staff and students from all three of the European Law Department's master's degrees (EU law, EIHRL and EIBL) were in attendance. 

By way of introduction, Leiden's Dr Olga Ceran and Professor Christa Tobler provided a primer on the case's relation to Polish and EU non-discrimination law. Then, Rosa shared an overview of her key legal arguments and of her experiences as a first-time pleader at the Court of Justice. The event concluded with a lively discussion between the speakers and attendees. One audience member remarked afterwards he was 'full of admiration' for Rosa's work.

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