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This is a blog and webpage to keep interested readers informed about legal developments relating to sexual orientation, gender expression and identity and sex characteristics (SOGIESC). Hopefully, it will make it easier to find correct legal information about the developments in all regions of the world and, in particular international law. It is related to my academic work in the International Academic Forum on SOGIESC Law but meant to serve anyone who wants to contribute to improve the protection of human rights worldwide. If you prefer this information on Facebook or Instagram, you can still do so.

Poland is intervening to stop a gay couple in the UK from adopting a kid of Polish Mother and English Father

Poland is intervening to stop a gay couple in the UK from adopting a kid of Polish Mother and English Father

https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2019/12/poland-intervening-stop-gay-couple-uk-adopting-kid/

Switzerland plans to simplify sex and first name changes in the civil register

Switzerland plans to simplify sex and first name changes in the civil register

Bern, 06.12.2019 – Transgender persons or people with a change in sexual development will be able to have their sex and first name entered in the civil register changed without bureaucratic complications. The Federal Council took note of the results of the consultation on the amendment of the corresponding Civil Code and adopted the message to Parliament at its session on 6 December 2019.

https://www.admin.ch/gov/fr/accueil/documentation/communiques.msg-id-77406.html

INVITATION: TAIPEILOVE* (13/12, Geneva)

INVITATION: TAIPEILOVE* Friday 13 December 2019, 18:30-20:30 Auditorium A2 | Maison de la paix, Geneva
In May 2019, Taiwan became the first jurisdiction in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage. In doing so, it has overtaken Switzerland, and several more European countries, in advancing the human right of consenting people to marry the person they love.

The documentary TAIPEILOVE* – a film on the perception of homosexuality in Taiwanese society and the fight for same-sex marriage – is the first documentary worldwide to thoroughly cover the topic of homosexuality and its public perception in an Asian country. How free, safe and happy can LGBTIQ+ persons live in Taiwanese society? How do their families and friends react? What role do religion, societal and cultural expectations play? An interactive discussion will follow the screening, with: Lucie Liu, director of the documentary; Lena Holzer, PhD candidate in International Law at the Graduate Institute and PhD Affiliate to the Gender Centre.A focus will be laid on how struggles for marriage equality play into the broader fight for the respect of LGBTIQ+ rights in a world where same-sex sexual activity is criminalised in 72 countries and transgender identity expression is illegal in 15.

An apéro will be served after the conclusion of the discussion.
 This event is organised jointly by the Gender Centre, the Graduate Institute’s Queer International Student Assembly (QISA) and the Graduate Institute’s Student Initiative on Asia (SIA) in observance of Human Rights Day.

REGISTER HERE

Apply now: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in International Law: Human Rights and Beyond 2019 Summer School

Apply now: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in International Law: Human Rights and Beyond 2019 Summer School

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 took place from Wednesday 24 July to Friday 2 August 2019 in The Hague and Amsterdam. 

https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/education/study-programmes/summer-schools/sexual-orientation-and-gender-identity-in-international-law-human-rights-and-beyond

Swiss government retains the same quotas for EU and EFTA service providers operating in Switzerland for more than 90 or 120 days

Swiss government retains the same quotas for EU and EFTA service providers operating in Switzerland for more than 90 or 120 days

Switzerland will issue 8,500 work visas to non-EU citizens next year – the same number as in 2019. The Swiss government also confirmed an earlier decision that 3,500 British workers will be welcomed in the event of a no-deal Brexit situation. Next year Swiss companies will be able to draw on 4,500 B-permits for so-called “third country” employees they mean to hire for at least one year. In addition, 4,000 L-permits will be made available for short-term contracts lasting between three and 12 months. Should Britain leave the European Union without negotiating a formal Brexit deal, Switzerland will provide 2,100 B-permits and 1,400 L-permits for British workers. This deal had already been announced earlier this year. On Wednesday, the Swiss government also retained the same limits for EU and EFTA service providers operating in Switzerland. “In 2020, 3,000 units will be available for short stays (L) and 500 for [longer] stays (B),” read a statement. The issue of limiting the number …

Switzerland and Russia have signed a declaration of intent to boost cooperation in research and technology

Switzerland and Russia have signed a declaration of intent to boost cooperation in research and technology.

The declaration sets the basis for joint projects to be launched next year, according to a statement on Monday by the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation. The details of the joint tenders are still to be defined. The key partners are the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) and the Russian Foundation for Basic Research. A delegation from the State Secretariat, the SNF and the University of Geneva held talks in Moscow with members of the Russian research community and innovation agencies as well as representatives from Russian universities. The aim of the fourth meeting of the joint working group set up in 2012, was to identify bilateral as well as international tools and programmes to increase cooperation between the two countries, according to the state secretariat. The SNF has supported more than 200 projects with Russian participation and …