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17:00 - 20:00 6 December 2013

Promoting LGBT rights at home and abroad: the role of the EU


Europe House
32 Smith Square | SW1P 3EU | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

Speaker information

Sir Stephen Wall, Welcome, UCL Council, former UK Permanent Representative to the EU
Patrick Strudwick, Chair, journalist
Richard Mole, speaker, UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies
Robert Wintermute, speaker, School of Law, King's College London
Michael Cashman, speaker, MEP - Co-President of the European Parliament's Intergroup on LGBT Rights.
Anna Grodzka, speaker, first transgender MP, Poland

The 2013 Sakharov Debate aims to critically examine the state of LGBT rights in Europe, with a particular focus on the role of the EU in promoting same-sex equality among EU member-states and in states outside the EU. As in previous years, this event is organised jointly by the European Parliament UK Office and the UCL European Institute.

Europe has emerged as a world-leader in terms of the respect for and protection of LGBT rights. Especially since the inclusion of sexual orientation in the equalities agenda of the European Union through Article 13 of the Amsterdam Treaty, there has been increased pressure at the European level for the existing members and accession states to promote the equal rights of their LGBT citizens.


Uta Staiger


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