Workshop "The Politics and practice of LGBTIQ Rights in Contemporary Europe"

When: 16.11.2017, at 10:00-14:30
Place: Tallinn University, A-046

Tallinn University School of Governance, Law and Society is hosting within the framework of HURMUR project a lecture on field of Human Rights. 


10:00 Welcome by Mart Susi, Professor of Human Rights Law, Tallinn University

10:10 When States ‘Come Out’: The Politics of Visibility and the Diffusion of LGBTIQ Rights in Europe

Philip Ayoub, Assistant Professor, Drexel University

10:40 Why pay attention to sexual orientation and gender identity-related rights in human rights scholarship?

Anthony Chase, Professor, Occidental College

11:10 Comments

Phil Chan, Institute for Security and Development Policy

11:20 Questions and debate

11:45 Lunch

12:30 LGBTIQ rights in Estonia: Laws and everyday life

Kristel Rannaääre, CEO, and Kristiina Raud, community specialist, both Estonian LGBT Association

12:50 Queer rights and responsibilities: Creating change in legislation and society in Denmark

Søren Laursen, Chair, LGBT Denmark

13:10    The added value of human rights in LGBTIQ contexts: Concrete examples and ideas

Evguenia Klementieva, Programme Manager, Danish Institute for Human Rights

13:30 Questions and debate

14:30 End of seminar

Participation in the seminar is free of charge. 

The seminar is part of HURMUR: Human rights – mutually raising excellence, a European Commission project.


Phillip M. Ayoub is Assistant Professor of Politics at Drexel University. His research bridges insights from international relations and comparative politics, engaging with literature on transnational politics, gender and politics, norm diffusion, and the study of social movements. He is the author of When States Come Out: Europe’s Sexual Minorities and the Politics of Visibility (Cambridge, 2016) and co-editor, with David Paternotte, of LGBT Activism and the Making of Europe (Palgrave, 2014). Please visit www.phillipmayoub.com for further information.

Anthony Tirado Chase is a Professor in International Relations at Occidental College. Chase is a theoretician of human rights, most often in the context of the Middle East. His current research focuses both on interdisciplinary approaches to human rights theorizing and controversies around sexual orientation and gender identity-related rights – topics that inform his most recent article, “Human Rights Contestations: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity” (International Journal of Human Rights, 2016), His other publications include three books, Handbook on Human Rights and the Middle East and North Africa (Routledge, 2016) Human Rights, Revolution, and Reform in the Muslim World (Lynne Rienner, 2012) and Human Rights in the Arab World: Independent Voices (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2006).

Søren Laursen, PhD, MSc. Chair of LGBT Denmark. Longtime activist and lobbyist of the organisation. Former member of the Refugee Appeals Board. Longtime collaboration with the Danish Institute for Human Rights. Chair of Equal Treatment Committee at the institute for a decade.

Kristel Rannaääre is the CEO of the Estonian LGBT Association and has worked in the association for around 5 years. She has advised the LGBT+ community and their friends and family, organised the Baltic Pride festival, lead the community centre, raised LGBT+ issues in the media, been involved in topics connected to transgender persons and led a variety of community support groups.

Kristiina Raud is the community specialist of the Estonian LGBT Association and was one of the main organisers of Baltic Pride 2017. She is an author and editor of Estonia's only feminist website Feministeerium, an organiser of the feminist festival Ladyfest Tallinn and the initiator of several LGBT+ and feminist community events.

Evguenia Jane Klementieva has an MA in Psychology and Cultural Encounters from Roskilde University Centre. Evguenia has been working at the Danish Institute for Human Righs for ten years, and is head of the Eurasia programme. In 2011, Evguenia was one of the researchers preparing a comprehensive study of human rights situation of LGBTIQ persons in Council of Europe memberstates. The report was published by Council of Europe. Moreover, Evguenia has been managing an EU project in 2010-2012 addressing discrimination of LGBTIQ persons in education systems in ten EU countries, including Latvia, Romania and Bulgaria. 

Additional information: Özgür Baykara, ozgur.baykara....at....tlu.ee.


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