I’m sure this will be a terrific event for an important book.  Try and make it if you can.

Thursday 1st November 2012, 7pm

Gay’s the Word bookshop
66 Marchmont Street
London, WC1N 1AB

The author of Homosexuality and the European Court of Human Rights would be delighted if you could join him for a discussion of some of the important issues raised in this first book-length study of the Court’s jurisprudence on sexual orientation.

The book offers a socio-legal analysis of the substantial number of decisions and judgments of the Strasbourg organs on the wide range of complaints brought by gay men and lesbians under the European Convention on Human Rights. It provides a systematic analysis of Strasbourgcase law since 1955 and examines decades of decisions that have hitherto remained obscure. Going beyond doctrinal analysis by employing a nuanced sociological consideration of Strasbourg jurisprudence, the book shows how the Court is a site at which homosexuality is both socially constructed and regulated.

The author argues that the Court’s judgments have played an important role in reshaping the landscape of sexuality in contemporary Europe and have provided lesbians and gay men with an authoritative and powerful resource with which to challenge homophobic and heteronormative social relations. The book identifies limitations in the Court’s approach to homosexuality and aims to promote discussion about how its interpretation of the Convention might be evolved in the future to better protect lesbian and gay rights and lives.

There will be a talk by the author, followed by open discussion and a wine reception.

The event is open to all and if you wish to attend please send an email to paul.johnson@york.ac.uk 

Published by Routledge, a GlassHouse book. ISBN: 978-0415696579

Paul Johnson is Anniversary Reader in Sociology at the University of York.