International Commission of Jurists and IHRP launch innovative legal database

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Today the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) launched on its website the Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity Legislative Database, a collaboration between the ICJ and the IHRP. The Legislative Database is the result of a year-long pilot project. Students in the 2012-2013 SOGI Working Group, led by Azeezah Kanji (3L) and Hayley Ha (2L), gathered and analyzed laws from 24 countries from all regions of the world. Each country is introduced with a legislative overview prepared by the student researchers. The laws surveyed are LGBT-friendly or neutral with regard to sexual orientation and gender identity. The database is searchable by country and topic. The purpose of the project is to provide the actual texts of laws as comparative examples for use in legislative reform efforts. We hope that this database will serve as an important resource to help activists and lawyers around the world advocate for LGBT human rights. 

Access the database here.