Fifth run: Summer school – Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity in International Law, The Hague & Amsterdam, 22 – 31 July 2020
The fifth edition of the Summer School on Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity in International Law – Human Rights and Beyond will take place from Wednesday 22 July to Friday 31 July 2020.
It will start in The Hague, while the last few days will be in Amsterdam (coinciding with Amsterdam’s Pride week). This Summer School is offered by Leiden University’s Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies in The Hague. Previous editions have received very good evaluations. The draft programme for the 2020 edition is now available at www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/education/study-programmes/summer-schools/sexual-orientation-and-gender-identity-in-international-law-human-rights-and-beyond.
This summer school focuses on the recognition 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. Some lectures will focus specifically on sexual orientation, on gender identity/expression, or on sex characteristics, while other sessions will focus on specific regions (including Africa and the Middle East) or countries. Special attention will be given to important test-cases that have helped to achieve some international protection against homophobia and transphobia. Themes include: global and regional human rights mechanisms, sexual and gender minorities in refugee law, protection for LGBTI persons in international criminal law.
Why this course?
This summer school offers a great opportunity to learn from established academics from leading universities, as well as from world-renowned legal experts from important international and non-governmental organisations. Many speakers have been involved in research, advocacy or test-cases that have helped to achieve international recognition for the human rights of LGBTI persons. Leiden University’s Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies is home to the world’s only university chair in Comparative Sexual Orientation Law, currently held by the academic coordinator of this summer school, professor Kees Waaldijk. The summer school provides a platform to network with fellow participants, and with speakers from all over the world. In each of the previous editions there were participants from at least five continents. And last but not least, this summer school allows you to discover two vibrant Dutch cities: The Hague and Amsterdam.
Practicing lawyers, legal and other professionals in governmental and non-governmental organisations, as well as advanced students are invited to apply. Completion of at least one year of university education is required, as is some knowledge of law, of human rights and of SOGI issues. To ensure active participation and exchange with teaching staff and fellow participants, a maximum of 50 participants will be admitted to this course. Application for participation in this summer school will open in January 2020 at www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/education/study-programmes/summer-schools/sexual-orientation-and-gender-identity-in-international-law-human-rights-and-beyond.
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