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Sexual Orientation in International Trade and Investment Law

  • Professor Andreas R. Ziegler
Monday 18 October 2021
Old Observatory Building (Oude Sterrenwacht)
Sterrenwachtlaan 11
2311 GW Leiden

On 18 October the Grotius Centre will host a guest lecture in Leiden for students and staff. Professor Andreas R. Ziegler (University of Lausanne) will speak about:

“The Emergence of Sexual Orientation as a Topic in International Trade and Investment Law – Business and LGBTI Rights Revisited”

Registration required:    Please register here


Room C.104, Old Observatory Building (Oude Sterrenwacht), Sterrenwachtlaan 11, 2311 GW Leiden

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This talk will be moderated by Kees Waaldijk (professor of comparative sexual orientation law, Grotius Centre, Leiden Law School), who will briefly highlight the correlation and interaction between economic development and LGBT inclusion worldwide. Together, professors Ziegler and Waaldijk will also discuss how more and more international organisations in the economic field have started to work on issues around sexual orientation and gender identity. See for example the recent launch of the World Bank report Equality of Opportunity for Sexual and Gender Minorities, which examines laws and regulations that affect the lives of LGBTI people in 16 countries.

About the speaker

Andreas R. Ziegler  is Professor of International Law at the University of Lausanne, where he is Director of its LLM Program in International Business Law, and where he runs the SOGIESC Law Project. He also holds positions at the Universities of New South Wales (Sydney, Australia), St. Gallen (Switzerland) and Saarland (Saarbrücken, Germany), as well as at the ETH Zurich and the Geneva Academy. And this Fall he teaches international law in the MSc International Relations and Diplomacy at Leiden University. He also teaches in Leiden University’s summer school on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in International Law.

Previously Professor Ziegler was a civil servant working for several Swiss Ministries (Foreign Affairs, Trade) and international organizations (EFTA, EU). He has widely published on Swiss, international and European law (including a book on Swiss LGBT Law, 2nd edition 2017) and regularly advises Governments, International Organizations, NGOs and private clients and has represented them before various domestic and international courts and arbitral tribunals. He is on the permanent roster of panelists of the WTO and ICSID and is the Swiss member of the European Commission on Sexual Orientation Law (ECSOL). He is the President of the Swiss Chapter of the International Law Association (ILA).

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