Satomi Shimada


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Over the past decade, LGBT issues have moved from the periphery of global affairs to a major topic in international human rights. This online course will provide a detailed examination of how these issues have evolved and how they have been addressed at the UN and in other international forums. Topics to be covered include the role of global civil society; the contributions of bilateral and multilateral diplomacy; the involvement of the UN treaty bodies, the Human Rights Council, and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights; policy areas including discrimination, violence, health, family issues, and intersex rights; and the evolving position of sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) under international law.

This hybrid online course will span eight weeks with asynchronous (self-paced) online sessions and two synchronous online sessions.

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