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Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in International Law: Human Rights and Beyond

This summer school focuses on the emergence of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) and intersex issues in different areas of international law, such as human rights law, refugee law and international criminal law. The fourth edition will take place from Wednesday 24 July to Friday 2 August 2019 in The Hague and Amsterdam.

Course information

The programme focuses on the emergence of SOGI and intersex issues in different areas of international law. Some lectures will focus specifically on sexual orientation, on gender identity/expression, or on sex characteristics, while other sessions will focus on specific regions (including Africa and the Middle East). Special attention will be given to important test-cases that have helped to achieve some international protection against homophobia and transphobia. Themes include: global and regional human rights mechanisms, sexual and gender minorities in refugee law, protection for women and LGBTIs in international criminal law.

Why this course?

This summer school offers a unique opportunity to learn from established academics from Leiden University, as well as from world-renowned legal experts from elsewhere, many of whom have been involved in test-cases that have helped to achieve international protection against homophobia and transphobia. Leiden University’s Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies in The Hague is home to the world’s only university chair in Comparative Sexual Orientation Law.

The summer school provides a platform to network with fellow participants and speakers from all over the world. In each of the previous editions there were participants from at least five continents. And last but not least, this summer school allows you to discover two vibrant Dutch cities: The Hague and Amsterdam.