September 5, 2019 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Parliament Chamber, Middle Temple, London

LGBT Rights in the Commonwealth: Constitutional Challenges to Colonial Laws 


6.00pm Thursday 5 September 2019

Parliament Chamber, Middle Temple, London


The Human Rights Lawyers’ Association is pleased to invite you to a public event to discuss constitutional challenges to laws in Commonwealth countries that discriminate against LGBT people.


The panel will discuss Britain’s colonial legacy in spreading laws that discriminate against LGBT persons across the Commonwealth and how those laws are now being challenged on constitutional grounds in various countries.


The event will mark the one year anniversary of the Indian Supreme Court judgment that led to the decriminalisation of homosexuality.


Speakers will be focusing on the strategies they and others have used to secure LGBT rights through legal challenges, the progress that has been made and the work left to be done.


The discussion will include a Q&A session for audience members to participate in the debate.



Peter Laverack, (Barrister, 5 Essex Court)


Jason Jones, (Trinidadian LGBT Human Rights Activist)


Surabhi Shukla, (Academic and Blogger on LGBT cases in the Indian Courts, Oxford University)


To RSVP for this free event, please contact administrator@hrla.org.uk.

We will accommodate any reasonable adjustments in order to meet the needs of our guests so please do notify us of these when registering.



We are tremendously grateful to our hosts at Middle Temple for their support of this event