Dudgeon v the United Kingdom: Fortieth anniversary free online event

On 22 October 1981, Jeffrey Dudgeon made history and changed the world. 

After five years of litigation, Jeff won his case in the European Court of Human Rights and established that criminalizing adult same-sex sexual relationships in Northern Ireland was a violation of human rights. 

This landmark judgment led to a change in the law in Northern Ireland and other European countries. 

The judgment continues to set an international legal standard, and provides lesbians and gay men around the world with a means of articulating their aspiration to be free of odious and oppressive criminal laws.

Join us on the fortieth anniversary of this important milestone in LGBT history to learn about the case, celebrate the man who brought it, and consider its continuing relevance to LGBT human rights today.

The event will be opened by Lord Lexden OBE.

There will be short reflections by Dr Peter Dunne, Prof Kanstantsin Dzehtsiarou, Dr Silvia Falcetta, Dr Loveday Hodson, Prof Paul Johnson, the Rev’d Gerry Lynch, Ciaran Moynagh, Dr Frank Mugisha, and Nigel Warner MBE.

Jeffrey Dudgeon MBE will close the event with his reflections on the past, present and future.

This free online event, which is open to all, will be held on 22 October 2021, 6.30-7.45pm (BST) and participants can register here:

Download the event flyer here