Human Rights Law Centre

Annual Student Conference

student conference 2017Annual Student Human Rights Conference 2017

LGBT+ Rights in the 21st Century: Free and Equal?

Saturday 25 March 2017

In recent years there has seen increasing support for LGBT+ rights, both domestically and internationally. Since the establishment of the Yogyakarta Principles in 2006, LGBT+ rights have clearly gained momentum. However, progress has been uneven. The status of LGBT+ rights remains controversial. They have often been undermined and overlooked. Following the 10-year anniversary of the Principles, many states are yet to incorporate LGBT+ rights into their laws and give effect to them in practice. The HRLC's 18th Annual Student Human Rights Conference provides an excellent opportunity to explore the successes of LGBT+ rights whilst recognising the barriers and discussing future reforms.

The Conference will explore the advancements made in the application of human rights law for LGBT+ people. It will critically examine the progress that must be made to ensure that all people, no matter who they are, are 'free and equal'. Keynote speakers will present their insights into LGBT+ rights from a variety of perspectives. Contributions will also be made by student panellists, and pertinent questions will be addressed. What legal obligations do states and international institutions, like the UN, have and should they be doing more? What are the root causes of LGBT+ discrimination? Does the future lie in the law or in changing social attitudes, or both? What role can civil society play?

The Call for Papers for the 2017 Annual Student Human Rights Conference is now available to download. The Student Conference Committee welcomes papers that discuss the themes outlined in the Call for Papers that identify contemporary issues on the topic of LGBT+ rights.

Abstracts can be submitted using the Abstract Application Form. The deadline for applications is Friday 6 January 2017.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the Student Conference Committee on


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