Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in International Law: Human Rights and Beyond
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Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in International Law: Human Rights and Beyond Peace & Justice Law

For advanced students and professionals | This summer school focuses on the emergence of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) and intersex issues in different areas of international law, such as human rights law, refugee law and international criminal law. Special attention will be given to important test-cases that have helped achieve some international protection against homophobia and transphobia.

  • Start date 29-07-19
  • Duration 10 days
  • Level Students | Professionals
  • Apply before 01-05-19
  • Location The Hague
  • Course fee TBA

Course information

The fourth edition of the Summer School 'Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in International Law: Human Rights and Beyond' will take place from Wednesday 24 July to Friday 2 August 2019 in The Hague and Amsterdam. 

Target audience
Legal and other professionals in governmental and non-governmental organisations, as well as advanced students are invited to apply. Completion of at least one year of university education is required, as is some knowledge of law, human rights and SOGI issues. 

Academic content
The programme focuses on the emergence of SOGI and intersex issues in different areas of international law. The first week focuses on human rights issues while the second part goes beyond this field and explores topics such as refugee law and international criminal law. Some lectures will focus specifically on sexual orientation, on gender identity/expression, or on sex characteristics, while other sessions will focus on specific regions (including Africa, Middle East, the Caribbean and Asia). Special attention will be given to important test-cases that have helped to achieve some international protection against homophobia and transphobia. Themes include: global and regional human rights mechanisms, sexual and gender minorities in refugee law, protection for women and LGBTIs in international law. The programme for the 2019 edition will be made public soon.

Class size
To ensure active participation and exchange with teaching staff and fellow participants, a maximum of 40 participants will be admitted to this course.
 

Why this course?

This summer school offers a unique opportunity to learn from established academics from Leiden University, as well as from world-renowned legal experts from eslewhere, many of whom have been involved in test-cases that have helped to achieve international protection against homophobia and transphobia. Leiden University's Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies in The Hague is home to the world's only university chair in Comparative Sexual Orientation Law.

The summer school provides a platform to network with fellow participants and speakers from all over the world. In each of the previous editions there were participants from at least five continents. And last but not least, this summer school allows you to discover two vibrant Dutch cities: The Hague and Amsterdam.
 

Practical information

Course fees
The tuition fees for the program will be provided on this website soon. 

What's included?
The fee includes access to course materials, a certificate of participation, an information briefing at the International Criminal Court, lunches and refreshments on class days, a course dinner and a drinks reception. 

Housing
The Grotius Centre does not provide housing but we will be happy to assist you in finding a suitable place to stay. Here are some options for accommodation in The Hague. It is recommended that participants find accommodation in The Hague from 24 until 30 July, and in Amsterdam from 31 July until 2 August. However, the train connection between the cities is very good (takes less than one hour), so participants may also choose to find housing in one of the two cities, also as classes mostly start at 10.30 am. 
 

Application

Applications have not opened yet. Applications will open in November. The opening will be announced here, together with a link to the online application form.

The application should be completed at once as data cannot be saved. Therefore, make sure to have the following documents ready before starting the application:

1. A copy of your curriculum vitae;
2. A cover letter (one page) in which you clearly explain why you are applying for this course;
3. A recent portrait picture.

Please note that:

  • Some prior knowledge of law, human rights or SOGI issues is required, plus at least one year of university education.
  • All courses are taught in English. An official certificate of language proficiency is not required but you need to be fluent in English to be able to understand the classes and to interact with fellow students.
  • Only complete applications are considered.
  • All applications are dealt with on an individual basis.
  • Provided you are considered eligible, you will receive a pre-admission email.
  • Your admission to the course will be final once the payment of the fee is made.
  • The deadline for applications is 1 May 2019. Applications that are received afterwards will still be considered but admission will depend on the availability of places. Applicants will be admitted on a rolling basis. Early application is strongly advised. 

 

Lecturers and speakers

The speakers from the 2018 edition are listed in the previous edition programme.

Kees Waaldijk (academic coordinator), Professor of Comparative Sexual Orientation Law, Leiden University

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Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in International Law: Human Rights and Beyond
Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in International Law: Human Rights and Beyond

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"The diverse lectures were so well connected and brought with utmost beauty and expertise."

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in International Law: Human Rights and Beyond

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"It was a well mixed group of participants, and we were able to learn from each other as much as from the teaching staff."
"It really expanded my horizon."

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in International Law: Human Rights and Beyond

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"The course covered almost all the legal issues concerning sexual orientation and gender identity."

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