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The Global Arc of Justice:
Sexual Orientation Law Around the World

Convened by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law, International Lesbian and Gay Law Association (ILGLaw), and the City of West Hollywood

Important Reminders:

Early Registration Deadline (extended): February 15, 2009 (see Registration page for details)

Hotel Conference Rate Deadline (extended): February 15, 2009 (see Hotel & Travel Info page)



The Global Arc of Justice Conference will be a four-day international conference focused on advances in LGBT rights around the globe. Convened by the Williams Institute, a research center on sexual orientation and gender identity law and policy at UCLA Law; the International Lesbian and Gay Law Association (ILGLaw); and the City of West Hollywood; the conference will be held from March 11-14 on the UCLA campus in Los Angeles and in West Hollywood, California. The conference will offer simultaneous translation in English and Spanish.

Topics covered at the Global Arc of Justice Conference will include international efforts to advance legal recognition for same sex couples; the repeal of sodomy laws in former British Colonies; efforts by national governments to end homophobia and advance LGBT equality; implementation of the Yogyakarta Principles in litigation strategies and legal scholarship; and advancement of the rights of transgender people. Conference activities will include strategy working groups, paper presentations, plenary sessions, and various networking opportunities and celebrations.

Latin America Focus

The Global Arc of Justice Conference will cover developments in LGBT rights from all parts of the world, but will have a special focus on Latin America. Of the over 90 paper and presentation proposals received so far, over 40% have been submitted by presenters from Latin America and over 50% are from the Global South. Presentations will include developments and challenges in countries such as Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Jamaica, Mexico, Peru, and Nicaragua. Conference sessions exploring LGBT issues in Latin America include

  • the opening planary panel on recent developments in LGBT rights in Latin America
  • a plenary panel on repealing sodomy laws in former British colonies, including the Caribbean
  • a keynote talk from out justices on Argentina's and Australia's Supreme Courts
  • olonies, including the Caribbean
  • a working group on strategies for advancing the rights of same-sex couples in Latin America and around the world
  • a plenary panel highlighting the national programs and foreign policy initiatives to fight homophobia in Argentina, Brazil, the Netherlands, and the UK
  • a plenary panel addressing the legal obstacles to fighting HIV/AIDS across national borders
  • Goals

    The Global Arc of Justice Conference will be very much a working conference. The program will include working groups of experts and activists who will focus on effective strategies for addressing specific issues in advancing LGBT rights. The working group members will then share and broaden their discussion with the entire conference through a series of plenary panels. The conference's overarching goals are to strengthen global alliances and share strategies for advancing LGBT equality throughout the world.

    Target Audience

    More than 300 speakers and attendees will participate in the conference, including academics, litigators, judges, public officials, advocates, students, and members of the community. The conference will seek to integrate knowledge from those who have sought legal and policy reform through various methods, including litigation, legislative efforts, research and scholarship, education campaigns, and leadership development programs. We hope you can join us at the conference.

    Confirmed Speakers & Attendees include:

    Justice Eugenio Raul Zaffaroni, Argentina Supreme Court

    Justice Michael Donald Kirby, High Court of Australia

    Presiding Justice Carol W. Hunstein, Supreme Court of Georgia

    Justice Virgina L. Linder, Supreme Court of Oregon

    Justice Patricio M. Serna, Supreme Court of New Mexico

    Dr. Jorge Saavedra, General Director, Mexican Ministry of Health's National Center for Prevention and Control of HIV/AIDS

    Judge Karen Atala, Chilean judge denied custody of her children by Chile's Supreme Court-case currently with the Organization of American States' Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

    Germán Rincón Perfetti, Director, ILGLaw South America, Human Rights Lawyer, Colombia

    Peter Ashman, Executive Director, INTERIGHTS

    Boris Dittrich, Former Member of the Parliament, the Netherlands, Advocacy Director, LBGT Rights Program, Human Rights Watch

    Tatiana Cordero, human rights lawyer in Ecuador, Executive Director of Corporation Promotion de la Mujer/Taller de Comunicacion de la Mujer

    Sonia Corréa, Research Associate, Brazilian Interdisciplinary AIDS Association (ABIA), Co-Chair, Sexuality Policy Watch

    Aeyal M. Gross, Professor of Law, Tel-Aviv University Faculty of Law & Vice President, ILGLaw Tamara Adrián Hernandez, Professor of Law, University of Caracas, Director, ILGLaw South America

    Marcelo Ernesto Ferreyra, Coordinator del Programa para America Latina y el Caribe de la Comision Internacional de los Derechos Humanos para Gays y Lesbianas, IGLHRC

    Mauro Cabral, Professor, National University of Cordoba

    Marcela Romero, Regional Coordinator, Latin American and Caribbean Network of Transgender People

    Hari Phyual, Human Rights Attorney in Nepal, International Commission of Jurists

    Richard Green, Professor, Imperial College Faculty of Medicine

    Alice Miller, Lecturer in Residence, Senior Fellow, Thelton E. Hender Center for Social Justice, Boalt Hall

    Lee Badgett, Professor of Economics, U. Mass.-Amherst/The Williams Institute

    Andrés Duque, creator of, Latino Commission on AIDS

    Douglas Elliott, Partner, Roy Elliott O'Connor LLP, Past President, ILGLaw

    Gary J. Gates, Senior Research Fellow, The Williams Institute

    Nan Hunter, Professor of Law, Georgetown Law/ The Williams Institute

    Karon Monaghan, Director, ILGLaw Europe, JD, Attorney at Law

    Andrew Park, Senior Philanthropic Advisor, Wellspring Advisors

    Clifford J. Rosky, Associate Professor, University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law

    Hiroyuki Taniguchi, Research Associate, Waseda University, Japan

    Steering Committee

    Omar Banos, AIDS Project Los Angeles

    David B. Cruz, Professor of Law, USC School of Law & President, ILGLaw

    Paula Ettelbrick, Executive Director, International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission

    Stefano Fabeni, Director, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Initiative of Global Rights, Director, ILGLaw Information and Research

    Helmut Graupner, Co-Coordinator, European Commission on Sexual Orientation Law (ECSOL), Director, ILGLaw Europe

    John Heilman, West Hollywood City Councilmember

    Holning Lau, Associate Professor of Law, Hofstra Law

    Darren Rosenblum, Associate Professor of Law, Pace Law School

    Lara Stemple, Director of Graduate Studies, UCLA School of Law

    Monica Taher, Azteca America

    Brad Sears, Executive Director, The Williams Institute

    Douglas Sanders, Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Law, University of British Colombia, Vancouver, Canada, LL.M. Professor, Chulalongkorn University

    Saúl Sarabia, Lecture and Director of Critical Race Studies Program, UCLA School of Law

    Kees Waaldijk, Faculty of Law, Leiden University

    Robert Wintemute, Professor of Human Rights Law, King's College London

    Evan Wolfson, Executive Director, Freedom to Marry

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    IGLHRC believes that a vital part of our mission is supporting the work of activist organizations and allies by disseminating important information on human rights issues affecting LGBT communities worldwide. To this end we are reposting the following announcement from one of our partners.

    The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) is a leading human rights organization solely devoted to improving the rights of people around the world who are targeted for imprisonment, abuse or death because of their sexuality, gender identity or HIV/AIDS status. IGLHRC addresses human rights violations by partnering with and supporting activists in countries around the world, monitoring and documenting human rights abuses, engaging offending governments, and educating international human rights officials. A non-profit, non-governmental organization, IGLHRC is based in New York, with offices in Cape Town and Buenos Aires. Visit for more information
    phone: 212-268-8040

    Media Contact: Hossein Alizadeh, 212-430-6016,

    The Mission of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission is to secure the full enjoyment of human rights of all people and communities subject to discrimination or abuse on the basis of sexual orientation or expression, gender identity or expression and/or HIV status.




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