Netherlands, Nijmegen

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity: a Human Rights Perspective

when 5 August 2019 - 9 August 2019
language English
duration 1 week
credits 2 ECTS
fee EUR 600

“Gay rights are human rights, and human rights are gay rights.” This course explores the legal framework underpinning this slogan, analysing laws, policies and human rights jurisprudence on LGBTQIA+ issues.

This summer school course aims to create insight into human rights law as it applies to sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and sex characteristics (SOGIESC) issues.

It will identify key challenges and ways in which members of the LGBTIQA+ community do not yet fully and equally enjoy their human rights, and analyse the relevant legal standards in that regard. Specifically, it will be studied how the interpretation of those standards has developed (i) at a legislative level, (ii) in the case-law of national and international courts, and (iii) in soft law instruments and quasi-judicial decisions, and whether those developments have been moving towards or rather further away from full equality.

The course will discuss instruments of international law as well as evolutions at the national level, but the primary focus will be on the European level. The relevant case law of the European Court of Human Rights and the Court of Justice of the European Union will also be analysed extensively.

Key topics include:

The concept of ‘personal autonomy’ and its link with SOGIESC rights
Non-discrimination, including on the labour market and in social security issues
Family rights, including same-sex marriage, civil unions and adoption
Freedom of expression and association, e.g. in the context of “gay propaganda” legislation and the organisation of pride parades.
The legal recognition of gender identity
Sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression as a basis for refugee protection
Moreover, at least one of the sessions will be tailored specifically to the rights and needs of transgender people.

Throughout the entire course students will be challenged to critically participate in class discussions. In addition (at least) one full ‘litigation’ session will completely rely on student input. Students will be expected to do research on a specific topic, develop their own legal reasoning, and present it during an in class simulation of a political/diplomatic debate and/or a moot court.

Course leader

Johan Lievens
Researcher
Leuven Centre for Public Law
University of Leuven
Leuven, Belgium

Nele Verbrugghe
PhD Researcher
Leuven Centre for Public Law
University of Leuven
Leuven, Belgium

Target group

Advanced Bachelor
Master
PhD
Post-doc
Professional

The course is targeted at people with an interest to study sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and sex characteristics. The main approach used in the course will be legal. We welcome students who wish to learn more about the role of the law, more specifically of human rights law, in different aspects surrounding the lives of LGBTQIA+ people, ranging from the role of SOGIE in asylum policy, over employment discrimination, to family rights.

Course aim

After this course you are able to:

Understand the evolving interpretation and the legal value of different legal sources and standards related to sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and sex characteristics,
Identify the main human rights issues related to sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and sex characteristics (anno 2019),
Critically assess the role of LGBTQIA+ issues in policy of (European) governments regarding e.g. asylum, legal recognition of relationships, adoption, gender identity and social policy,
Indicate the role of different international actors, such as the United Nations, the European Court of Human Rights and the European Union, in the field of human rights protection of LGBTQIA+ people.

Fee info

EUR 600: Normal fee

Scholarships

€ 540 early bird discount – deadline 1 March 2019 (10%)
€ 510 partner + RU discount (15%)
€ 450 early bird + partner + RU discount (25%)

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