IBA Annual Conference Sydney 2017

8 Oct - 13 Oct 2017

Room C2.6, Convention Centre, Level 2

Session information

LGBTI criminals: the British legacy
Room C2.6, Convention Centre, Level 2


LGBTQI+ Law Committee (Lead)


Why have so many members of the present and former British Commonwealth refused to decriminalise sodomy laws, criminalising private same-sex behaviour, and sanctioning state and private violence against such persons. Does this failure and the violence that therefore occurs amount to a crime against humanity in the making? Are such laws now acceptable in the modern world?

Session / Workshop Chair(s)

Federico Godoy Beretta Godoy, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Co-Chair, LGBTQI+ Law Committee


Hon Justice Edwin Cameron Constitutional Court of South Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa
Robert Khan The Law Society of England and Wales, London, England
Hon Justice Michael Kirby AC CMG Former Justice of the High Court of Australia, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia; Vice Chair, IBA's Human Rights Institute
Judge Monica maina Mbaru High Court of Kenya, Other City, Kenya
Leonardo Raznovich Intersectional Centre for Inclusion and Social Justice, Canterbury, England; Education Officer, LGBTQI+ Law Committee
David Ryken Ryken and Associates, Auckland, New Zealand; Co-Chair, LGBTQI+ Law Committee