New Frontiers in LGBTI Rights

Thursday, March 31, 2016
9-10:30 a.m.
Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill
400 New Jersey Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20001

Co-sponsored by the Women in International Law Interest Group, this roundtable panel explored trends regarding sexual orientation, gender identity, and intersex conditions. Legal standards surrounding lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people are rapidly evolving. Last year, the United States became the 23rd country to recognize same sex marriage nationally. Sixty-two countries prohibit employment discrimination, two countries protect intersex people from discrimination, and 11 countries recognize a third gender. On the other hand, 74 countries criminalize homosexual identity or behavior, and anti-gay legislative proposals are appearing in all regions of the world. Legal efforts have become transnational as more claims are filed in regional bodies, lawyers are increasingly involved in litigation across borders, and plaintiffs are using international standards in national courts. Panelists gave an update on litigation and advocacy efforts, discussed the efficacy of Western advocacy in the Global South, highlighted emerging trends convening transgender and intersex people, and raised questions about religious freedom arguments.

Moderator:

Andrew Park
University of California, Los Angeles School of Law

Panelists:

Melanie Bejzyk,
University of Oxford

Fanny Gomez
Organization of the American States

Mark Wojcik
The John Marshall Law School