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  • 16 Dec 2016 19:00 | Richard Hendron

    Layla Christmas dinner will be held Soho, London on the 16th December 2016. Please contact @rhendron for more details.

  • 08 Feb 2015 16:28 | Andrea Woelke

    BLAGG will be hosting its second ladies only event on Friday 6th March 2015 to coincide with international women’s day on 8th March 2015 and also to raise a glass to Deirdre Fottrell’s recent appointment as a QC.

    Proceedings will kick off with some food and drink at the Bridge Bar in Grays Inn from 6.30pm and then we will move on to She Bar in Soho for some bubbles and cocktails at 9.30pm until late

    There is no charge for the event but there will be a £2 per head entry to She Bar for those for decide to stay on afterwards which will be payable by each individual.

    Please RSVP to me Claire Fox on asap if you are able to join us.

    This event has no dress code but sorry lads it is women only (we will organise another BLAGG event soon for all).

    This event is open to all ladies whether or not they are members of BLAGG so partners, members of LAGLA and interlaw and any other organisations are warmly welcome so please pass this invitation on to friends and colleagues.

  • 21 Jan 2014 15:28 | Andrea Woelke

    Stonewall research has found that one in four lesbians and bisexual women and half of gay and bisexual men have experienced domestic abuse but four in five victims have never reported these incidents to the police. Of those who did report, more than half were not happy with how the police dealt with the situation.

    Stonewall works with police forces across the country to help them improve the way they support lesbian, gay and bisexual victims of crime, including victims of domestic abuse. Last year we published a practical guide for the police, featuring practical tips and recommendations as well as case studies from forces that are supporting LGB people in their local community. The guide includes a substantive chapter on tackling domestic abuse.

    If you’re interested in taking action to improve the police response to LGB victims of domestic abuse in your area, you’ll be interested to know that in September 2013 the Home Secretary commissioned Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary to conduct a review of the police response to domestic abuse. As part of this review, the Inspectorate has launched an online survey to gather information from those who have experienced domestic abuse in the last 12 months and to find out what they think of the way the police responded. This is a valuable opportunity for the experiences of LGB victims of domestic abuse to be considered as part of the inspection.

    The survey is open until 26th January 2014 and can be accessed online at

  • 19 Feb 2013 17:31 | Andrea Woelke
    If you missed the amazing Stonewall Lecture by S Chelvan, here is another opportunity. You will need to create an account, but it is all free:
  • 01 Jun 2012 21:35 | Andrea Woelke
    We have now submitted our response to the consultation. The full response can be found here.
  • 19 Apr 2012 14:25 | Andrea Woelke

    LAGLA has now issued a briefing for anyone who wants to know a bit more about the Government consultation before responding. This can be found from the link on our homepage. We encourage everyone, whether lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual or heterosexual to respond.

  • 02 Mar 2012 16:13 | Andrea Woelke

    Leiden Law School, Campus The Hague, 23 April to 25 May 2012

    From Spring 2012 professor Kees Waaldijk will be teaching a new course at Leiden Law School: Comparative Sexual Orientation Law. The course looks at how homosexual behaviour, lesbian and gay individuals, and same-sex relationships are being treated in the laws of different countries and in the minimum standards of different international bodies. Issues of (de-)criminalisation, (anti-)discrimination, partnership and parenting will be discussed.

    Full details here:


  • 02 Mar 2012 16:09 | Andrea Woelke

    International Refugee Law seminar series

    S.Chelvan, Barrister, No 5 Chambers

    Tuesday 13 March 2012, 5.30 pm. Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (Council Chamber), 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DR.

    This is the 2nd year of the ‘International Refugee Law’ seminar series, which aims to provide an accessible and public forum for promoting and facilitating cutting-edge research, debate and collaboration on this topic between academics and practitioners.

    This event is free and open to all.

  • 14 Dec 2010 15:34 | Andrea Woelke


    There are several conferences coming up which are of interest to LAGLA members. If you hear about others, please let us know.

    Five Years of Civil Partnership:  Time for an equal choice of marriage or civil partnership for all couples?

    Tuesday 21 December 2010, 10 am to 1 pm – free - no booking required – just turn up

    A news conference and debate in the Great Hall, King’s College, Strand, London WC2R 2LS will mark the launch of legal action by the Equal Love campaign, on the 5th anniversary of the first civil partnership ceremonies in England and Wales. The Equal Love campaign seeks an end to the twin bans on marriage for same-sex couples, and civil partnership for different-sex couples. The debate will be chaired by Lord Lester of Herne Hill QC, whose private member’s bill inspired the Civil Partnership Act 2004. Speakers, including Prof. Robert Wintemute of King’s and Prof. Anne Barlow of the University of Exeter, will address the implications of the campaign’s proposals from the perspectives of human rights law and family law, and of religious institutions that do and do not wish to marry same-sex couples.

    LGBT rights in the Commonwealth: historical legacies and contemporary reforms

    17 January 2011 – Senate House, University of London - £15

    The legacy of colonial legislation on the contemporary rights of lesbians, gay, bisexual and transgender people (LGBT) in Commonwealth countries requires further examination and a strengthened advocacy response.  Recent years have witnessed increased advocacy by civil society in Commonwealth states and vis-à-vis Commonwealth institutions on this issue. There is very little systematic cooperation across research and civil society actors to share information and identify possible solutions for redressing current rights violations and the ongoing hostility towards LGBT rights defenders and members of the LGBT community.

    This meeting will bring together academics and practitioners to examine the legal, political and civil society issues that influence LGBT rights and especially decriminalisation of homosexuality in the Commonwealth. The outputs will contribute to strengthening advocacy strategies for the 2011 Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting.

    More details and registration are here:

    Legal Recognition of Same-Sex Relationships in Europe

    National, cross-border and European perspectives

    ACADEMY OF EUROPEAN LAW – Trier, Germany, 11-12 April 2011 - 25% discount for lawyers in private practice (€270-400)

    Since 1989, when Denmark became the first country to introduce registered partnerships, the legal recognition of same-sex relationships has been on the political agenda in many countries. By now, half of the Member States of the EU have introduced legislation on the formalisation of same-sex relationships.

    The conference will discuss the difficulties, same-sex couples might face if they live abroad or want to get divorced in another country as not only the substantive law of the Member States but also their private international law approaches differ to a large extent. The legal aspects of parenthood and surrogate motherhood will also be on the agenda.

    Furthermore, different issues of European and international law will be addressed: they include rights granted under the European Convention of Human Rights, the question of non-discrimination, including employment conditions and pension rights, and family reunification.
    Please click here for further information

    If you come across talks, seminars or conferences that may be of interest to members, please let us know.

  • 20 May 2010 14:12 | Andrea Woelke

    The Coalition Agreement published today has the following on Equality for LGBT people:

    • We will stop the deportation of asylum seekers who have had to leave particular countries because their sexual orientation or gender identification puts them at proven risk of imprisonment, torture or execution.
    • We will use our relationships with other countries to push for unequivocal support for gay rights and for UK civil partnerships to be recognised internationally.

    Coalition Agreement, p.18, can be downloaded here (slowly it seems).

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