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Summer School on Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity in International Law

Tuesday 25 July 2023 - Friday 4 August 2023
Leiden, The Hague, Amsterdam

Application online is now possible for the sixth edition of Leiden University’s
Summer School on Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity in International Law

The draft programme for the 2023 edition is now online. It includes expert speakers (from many continents, universities and organisations) who will discuss global and regional human rights, international criminal law, international economic law, international refugee law, and more. Some sessions will focus on legal aspects of intersex issues, of gender identity/expression, of sexual orientation, or on themes common to these forms of sex/gender diversity.

Participants learn about the history of the rights of LGBTQI+ persons in the international sphere, about current developments around the world and about the potential for future progress on equality. Several speakers have been involved in important precedent-setting court cases that helped to achieve some international protection against homophobia, transphobia and interphobia. Academic coordinator is Kees Waaldijk, professor of comparative sexual orientation law at Leiden Law School.

Leiden University’s Grotius Centre has been offering this unique and successful summer school since 2016, with very good evaluations. Each year participants have included lawyers, researchers, activists, officials and students from all over the world.

Requirements for admission: Completion of at least one year of university education including several law courses, plus some knowledge of human rights law and SOGI issues. For participants and potential participants, a list of online video/audio/reading materials has been put together: the Leiden Overview on SOGIESC in International Law. These materials (some of which are by former and future speakers of this summer school) offer a good preparation for taking part.

The summer school takes place in The Hague (the International City of Peace and Justice, and host to a growing campus of Leiden University), and for the last few days in Leiden (the main seat of Leiden University), and Amsterdam (where the annual Queer & Pride events are taking place around the dates of this summer school).

More information and online application form.

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