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PBSC Partners on International LGBT Rights Project!

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PBSC is a partner on a major, five year research project on LGBT rights in the Global South, funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada.  The Envisioning Global LGBT Rights project is an international, multi-disciplinary project exploring the impact of laws that criminalize sexual orientation and gender identity in the Global South.

Under the supervision of leading academics and lawyers from Toronto and internationally, PBSC law students from the University of Toronto and Osgoode Hall Law School are conducting research into the ways in which LGBT and human rights groups are organizing to resist this criminalization, and looking at the implications for human rights policy formation, social services, and immigration and refugee policies internationally.  The International Human Rights Program (IHRP) at the University of Toronto is also a partner on this important project.

On Thursday, March 1, 2012 from 12:30-2:00, the LGBT student group at the U of T Faculty of Law, Out in Law, along with PBSC and the IHRP, are hosting a panel that will review and explore the project’s research and findings to date.  Speakers include Douglas Elliott, one of Canada’s leading human rights lawyers; Adrian Jjuuko, Executive Director of the Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum in Uganda and the plaintiff in the equality case Jjuuko Adrian v. Attorney General of Uganda; Professor Nancy Nichol, an award-winning video artist and documentary filmmaker; and Maurice Tomlinson, the Legal Advisor for Aids-Free World, an HIV advocacy organization in Jamaica.

Space is limited.  If you are interested in attending this event, please email robert.hares@utoronto.ca