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Paula Ettelbrick, Professor of Law, United States Douglas Elliott, Canada Akim Ade Larcher, Director of Policy & Research, Egale Canada, Canada Daniel Townsend, Co-Chair of the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Taskforce of the Youth Coalition for Sexual Reproductive Rights, Jamaica

Robert Milkovich, Canada

  • Leonardo Raznovich, Director of the Division for Law and Dispute

Resolution, Canterbury Christ Church University, United Kingdom

Panelists:

  • Brad Sears, Executive Director, The Williams Institute, UCLA School of

Law, Los Angeles, United States

Moderator:

Moderator:

12:15 13:30

Lunch Break

13:30 15:00

Session 2, Part 1 Legal, Cultural and Social Contexts: Human Rights, Sexual Orientation Law and Social Development at the International and European Level LGBT Rights in North America

North America is home to a large Balkan diaspora, including sexual minorities who have experienced the progress that has been achieved in some parts of North America. The United States was the world’s first constitutional democracy and the birthplace of both the modern ―gay liberation‖ movement, and the modern ―religious right‖. In recent years, Canada has moved further than the United States in this field, and now offers same-sex marriage to anyone in the world. Other countries have made less progress, and some, such as Jamaica, still have sodomy laws. This panel will discuss the developments in North America and their implications for the Balkans, including the role of the Balkan diaspora.

15:00 15:15

Break

15:15 16:45

Session 2, Part 2 Legal, Cultural and Social Contexts: Human Rights, Sexual Orientation Law and Social Development at the International and European Level LGBT rights in Europe

As the Balkans moves toward closer integration with Europe, the legal instruments and institutions that Europe has developed to protect LGBT rights can be expected to have increased impact in the Balkans. This panel will provide an overview of the jurisprudence of the European Court of Justice and the European Court of Human rights such as Dudgeon v. UK and Karner v. Austria. It will also outline the current situation of LGBT rights within the region’s political and economic structures of Europe.

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

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