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Date(s) - 07/07/2017
9:30 am - 7:30 pm

The Harvard Lecture Theatre King's College London

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Centre of European Law and Transnational Law Institute at The Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London present

LGBTI Human Rights 2017: The European and Inter-American Courts

2017 marks:

60 years since the Wolfenden Committee’s Report recommending decriminalisation

50 years since decriminalisation in England and Wales (Sexual Offences Act 1967)

40 years since the EComHR declared X v. UK (age of consent) admissible (but no violation)

30 years since a version of Section 28 (no promotion of “the acceptability of homosexuality as a pretended family relationship”) was added to the Local Government Bill

20 years since Sutherland v. UK (unequal age of consent, EComHR report finds violation)

15 years since Christine Goodwin v. UK (legal recognition of gender reassignment, ECtHR)

10 years since the hearings in E.B. v. France (adoption, ECtHR) and Maruko (survivor’s pension, CJEU)

5 years since Atala Riffo & Daughters v. Chile (lesbian mother denied custody, IACtHR)

2 years since Oliari & Others v. Italy (no civil union law for same-sex couples, ECtHR)

1 year since Duque v. Colombia (survivor’s pension, IACtHR)

Taddeucci & McCall v. Italy (residence permit for same-sex partner, ECtHR)

Flor Freire v. Ecuador (discrimination against same-sex sexual activity in the armed forces, IACtHR)


09:30-10:00 – Registration and coffee

10:00-10:15 – Opening remarks

Takis Tridimas, Director of the Centre of European Law, King’s College London, UK

[Chair of the first session, to be confirmed]

10:15-12:30 – LGBTI Human Rights in the European Courts (ECtHR and CJEU)

Chair: [to be confirmed]

Roberto Taddeucci & Douglas McCall, applicants in Taddeucci & McCall v. Italy

(ECtHR 2016), New Zealand, Italy and the Netherlands

Helmut Graupner, Rechtsanwalt, Vienna, Austria (co-founder of ECSOL, the EuropeanCommission on Sexual Orientation Law; lawyer for the applicants in L. & V. v. Austria and S.L. v. Austria, ECtHR 2003; Maruko, CJEU 2008; Römer, CJEU 2011; X & Others v. Austria, ECtHR 2013)

Caroline Mécary, Avocate au Barreau de Paris, France (lawyer for the applicants in E.B. v.France, ECtHR 2008; Gas & Dubois v. France, ECtHR 2012; Vallianatos & Others v. Greece, ECtHR 2013; Foulon & Bouvet v. France, ECtHR 2016)

Kees Waaldijk, Professor of Comparative Sexual Orientation Law, Universiteit Leiden, Netherlands

12:30-13:30 – Lunch

13:30-15:30 – LGBTI Human Rights in the Inter-American Commission and Court

Chair: Daniel Borrillo, Maître de conférences, Université Paris Ouest (Nanterre La Défense), CERSA, Université Paris 2 (Panthéon-Assas), France and Argentina

Karen Atala Riffo, first-instance Judge, Director of Fundación Iguales, Santiago, Chile (first applicant in Atala Riffo & Daughters v. Chile, IACtHR 2012)

Macarena Sáez Torres, Director, Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Washington College of Law, American University, DC, USA (lawyer for Atala Riffo applicants)

Germán Rincón Perfetti, Abogado, Bogotá, Colombia (lawyer for applicants in Duque v. Colombia, IACtHR 2016, and X v. Colombia, UN HR Committee 2007)

Silvia Serrano Guzmán, Human Rights Specialist, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, Organization of American States, Washington, DC, USA (lawyer for the IAComHR in Atala Riffo, Duque and Flor Freire v. Ecuador, IACtHR 2016)

15:30-16:00 – Coffee

16:00-17:30 – LGBTI Human Rights in Challenging Legal, Political and Cultural Environments

Chair: [to be confirmed]

Dmitri Bartenev, Professor of International Law, Saint Petersburg State University, Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation (lawyer for the applicant in Alekseyev v. Russia,ECtHR 2010)

Yasemin Öz, Lawyer of the Kaos GL Association, Istanbul and Ankara, Turkey (lawyer for the applicant in Kaos GL v. Turkey, ECtHR 2016)

Victoria Barnes, Legal Director (maternity cover), Human Dignity Trust, UK and Kapil Gupta, LGBTI Programme Associate, Sigrid Rausing Trust, UK and India

17:30-18:00 – Closing remarks

Robert Wintemute, Professor of Human Rights Law, King’s College London, UK and Canada (lawyer for the applicants in Taddeucci & McCall v. Italy, ECtHR 2016, and for third-party interveners in Karner v. Austria, ECtHR 2003, E.B., Schalk & Kopfv. Austria, ECtHR 2010, Gas & Dubois, X & Others, Vallaniatos & Others, Oliari & Others; expert witness in Atala Riffo, Duque, Flor Freire)

18:00-19:00 – Reception

Sponsored by the Transnational Law Institute