Law 542 - Comparative Sexual Orientation Law


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Kees Waaldijk



General Course Description:

Laws across the world are used and created to suppress or marginalize homosexual behaviour, same-sex relationships, lesbian and gay identities. International, national and subnational laws are also used and created to recognize or protect these aspects of sexual orientation. This course will invite students to compare the laws of different countries. And to compare the various legal minimum standards set by  international institutions. In 26 sessions it will cover six themes: Pride & information, Sex & crimes, Work & discrimination, Partners & benefits, Spouses & frontiers, Children & parents.

Hear about the fundamental right to relate. Read about dozens of countries taking same-sex love out of their criminal law, and then getting it into their family law. Learn about the rapid emergence of ‘sexual orientation’ as a protected ground in transnational non-discrimination law. See how international human rights law in this field both follows and accelerates national developments. Read the twenty most important international cases. Find regional patterns and global trends. Make sense of your own state or country by looking at others. Get inspired by legal progress in many countries. Gain wisdom and determination when confronted with anti-homosexual laws that are being enforced or newly enacted in some countries. Get training in comparative legal research. Write your own comparative papers. Make some beautiful poster presentations. Enlighten others with what you know about the sexual orientation law in places where you have been. Discuss, predict and design legal strategies.  

Course Information:


​Faculty Term Course Section ​Schedule ​Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
Kees Waaldijk 14S 542 SEM 1 TR 3:00 PM - 4:25 PM 3.0 No No
  Law 542 will start on Jan 16, 2014.



Categories: Gender & Sexual Orientation; Int'l & Comp - International Human Rights; Public Interest Law and Policy - JD Specialization; Substantial Analytical Writing Requirement;