Co-Chair
Randy Bullard

Co-Chair
Joseph
Catanzariti

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) Law Committee

The LGBTI Law Committee focuses on the unique legal challenges that individuals may face within various jurisdictions, by reason of their sexuality, gender identity or gender expression. The committee also aims promote diversity and inclusiveness in the legal profession and society at large.

About the Committee

The LGBTI Law Committee tracks developments, advancements and setbacks in various legal areas, including discrimination, criminalisation, family rights, recognition and status, identity, health, immigration, housing and employment, among others. The Committee also recognizes and reflects upon the legal implications of cultural and socio-economic issues to LGBTI interests.

The Committee aims to also promote diversity and inclusiveness in the legal profession and society at large by presenting LGBTI ideals and calling attention to legal matters and developments through its sessions, publications, projects and collaborations with other committees in the IBA, as well as with external parties. The Committee welcomes not only LGBTI individuals, but allies as well. We encourage all persons interested in our projects to join the Committee.

Forthcoming conferences and webinars View all conferences and webinars

Fleeing persecution: experience of LGBTI asylum seekers in Australia

In many societies, many Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) people are subject to serious human rights abuses for not conforming to culturally established norms on sexuality or gender. As a result, LGBTI asylum seekers are prone to facing complex challenges arising from discrimination, homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in their country of origin.

Is Mexico City really an oasis for LGBTI rights? Conversion therapy ban and LGBTI political rights as recent trends

This article looks at LGBTI rights in Mexico City, and LGBTI political rights and the ban on conversion therapy as recent trends.

IBA Officers participate in anti-discrimination event held by National Bar Council of Italy

In late 2020, the National Bar Council of Italy (known as the Consiglio Nazionale Forense, or ‘CNF’), the public institution that represents lawyers in Italy, launched a project to study and combat discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or race. The project marks the first major institutional drive by the CNF to focus on this area in Italy.

From the Editor, LGBTI Law Committee, April 2021

A message from the Editor of the LGBTI Law Committee, April 2021.

Northern Ireland – the journey to legalising same-sex marriage

On 22 May 2015 the Government of the Republic of Ireland held a referendum to amend the Irish Constitution and legalise same-sex marriage. This amendment was approved by 62 per cent of the electorate (with 38 per cent voting against it) and therefore a country that was widely considered to be historically conservative became the first country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage by popular vote.

Past conferences - summaries

Annual Conference 2019 - Seoul

Our sessions at the IBA Annual Conference in Seoul in September 2019 were part of the wider Diversity and Inclusivity themed day of the IBA. The morning session, 'Asian values and legal systems', dealt with the opportunities and setbacks for advancement of LGBTI rights and interests in enterprises, employment, immigration, property relations, and related matters as a joint session with Diversity and Equality Law Committee.

The afternoon panel for the session 'From East to West', co-sponsored by the Family Law Committee, discussed the recent advancements and issues pertaining to transgender and binary people’s rights in different parts of the world, in particular the right to identity, the right to change name, the right to marry or enter into marriage or civil unions, and non-discrimination.

Annual Conference 2018 - Rome

In Rome, our committee focused on the matter of strategic litigation on Tuesday 8 October 2018 and discussed the widely known landmark cases such as Windsor and Obergefell. Speaker Shannon Minter, NCLR, San Francisco, CA, gave insights as to the pre-planning of the long-term goal to improve legal rights of LGBTI persons and picking up cases and strategy to bring cases to court to achieve full equality and marriage rights.

Our session in Rome on state-sponsored or state-condoned violence against women, LGBTI and other minorities on Wednesday 9 October 2018 raised the very fundamental question whether there need to be changes to the patriarchal base of human societies. The session was co-sponsored by the Human Rights Law Committee, Family Law Committee and Crimes Against Women Subcommittee and received by a broad audience.

Subcommittees and other groups

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) Law Committee also coordinates the activities of the following subcommittees/working groups.

  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) Law Committee Advisory Board