Sunday, 27 September 2015

Workshop on 17 December 2015 to mark the 60th anniversary of the first complaint about sexual orientation under the ECHR

I am delighted to announce that the University of Sheffield will host a workshop to mark the 60th anniversary of the first complaint about sexual orientation discrimination ever made under the European Convention on Human Rights. 

The workshop will be held on Thursday 17th December 2015, sixty years to the day that the former European Commission of Human Rights declared that a complaint by a man imprisoned for "two cases of homosexuality" was inadmissible (I detailed the case last October). This was the very first case about sexual orientation discrimination brought under international human rights law. 

Damian Gonzalez-Salzberg (lawyer, lecturer in law, and expert in sexual orientation discrimination and the ECHR) has organised the workshop, which is kindly supported by the School of Law at the University of Sheffield. Also participating is Loveday Hodson (barrister at law, senior lecturer in law, and also expert in sexual orientation discrimination and the ECHR). 

The day will consist of short talks on aspects of the last sixty years of litigation relating to sexual orientation discrimination under the Convention and a seminar aimed at examining issues relevant to future litigation. To mark the day, Damian, Loveday and myself will launch an online publication consisting of the text of the talks that we will deliver. 

The event is free and we hope that as many people as possible will join us. There is a free lunch! We welcome anyone who has an interest in LGBT human rights. 

A flyer for the event can be found here and we would be very grateful to anyone who distributes it to publicise the event. 

Registration for the workshop is available here.

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