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Conference Sessions and Schedule

In the interests of economizing space and to ensure consistency, in the program listing we have not listed any of the many titles and honours of our presenters. For ease of identification, when their name first appears in the program, a short description of their title appears along with their location. To avoid needless repetition, thereafter the name and location only appears if that person is again a moderator or speaker. We trust that everyone will understand this simplified approach. We have great respect for you all, and are indebted to you for your generous participation.

Friday, October 23

15:00 17:00


17:15 18:00

Opening Ceremony and Remarks

Welcome: Jovan Kojičić, Assistant Professor in European Law (FAES), President of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Alumni Montenegro, guest researcher at the University of Leipzig (Germany) and post-doc in the Sociology of Law Department at Lund University, Sweden, Conference Chair Douglas Elliott, Past President of ILGLaw, Partner in Roy Elliott O’Connor LLP, Toronto, Canada, President of the Conference Council

Welcome statements: Peter Schieder, Honorary President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Austria Navanethem Pillay, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Geneva, Switzerland (pre-recorded message)

World Outgames 2009 in Copenhagen

18:00 19:50

Opening Plenary: LGBT Rights and European Integration of the Western Balkans

The Balkans is a region of southeastern Europe with an important common history and strong cultural ties between the countries within the region. As many countries in the Balkans seek greater integration with Europe, they confront the reality that discrimination against sexual minorities is legally, socially and culturally impermissible in the rest of Europe. This panel will discuss the impact that European integration has had, and may be expected to have, on the situation of sexual minorities in the Balkans.

Moderator: Douglas Elliott, Canada

Panelists: Ferhart Dinosha, Minister for Human and Minority Rights, Montenegro Leopold Maurer, Ambassador, Head of the Delegation of the European Commission to Montenegro Lilit Poghosyan, Programmes and Policy Officer, ILGA Europe Peter Schieder, Austria Madeleine Rees, Head of Women’s Rights and Gender Unit, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Geneva, Switzerland

20:15 21:15

Cocktail Party and Dessert Reception Location to be announced.

Justice in the Balkans: Equality for Sexual Minorities October 23-26, 2009, Podgorica, Montenegro

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