The Right to Relate

A lecture on the importance of “orientation” in comparative sexual orientation law
February 2014

This article traces the origin of the right to establish and develop relationships with other human beings. The article argues that the “right to relate” can be used as the common denominator in the comparative study of all laws in the world that are anti-homosexual or that are same-sex-friendly.

  • Kees Waaldijk
    McDonald/Wright Chair of Law, Former
The European and Inter-American Courts of Human Rights and the highest courts of several countries recognize the "right to relate."
This right can be used to clarify issues in sexual orientation law and to explain the general direction of sexual orientation law.
Comparative studies using the "right to relate" as a common denominator will highlight differences and trends of convergence and divergence.

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The Right to Relate