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The Last Great Human Rights Challenge? Global Decriminalization of Homosexuality Through Constitutional Law

Start/End Tuesday, November 12, 2013 12:10 PM EST -- 01:10 PM EST
Location Name JG 101

Lord Peter Goldsmith, European & Asian Chair of Litigation at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP and former Attorney General of the United Kingdom, will speak on pro bono transnational challenges to statutes criminalizing LGBT relations in commonwealth countries. Homosexuality is still criminalized in a number of countries around the world, including in states with constitutions protecting fundamental human rights to dignity, privacy and equality. Claimants in constitutional cases in these states face a number of challenges as the courts struggle to balance politics and popular morality against constitutionally protected rights. Lord Goldsmith QC has represented a number of parties on a pro bono basis in a recent challenge in the Supreme Court of Belize, as well as assisting claimants challenging similar legislation in Singapore. Lord Goldsmith QC will discuss the difficulties present in bringing such challenges, the developing global jurisprudence, and the impact of comparative constitutional law in this fascinating area.

Co-sponsored by the Human Rights Institute, Columbia Outlaws and Social Justice Initiatives. Non-pizza lunch will be served.