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Sexual Orientation and Human Rights

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Robert WintemuteLecturer in Law, King's College, London

ISBN13: 9780198264880
ISBN: 0198264887
Published: June 1997
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £28.49



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""Lesbian and gay rights are human rights!"" Is this just a political slogan to be chanted outside legislatures? Or are there legal arguments to support the claim that the right to be free from sexual orientation discrimination is a human right? In particular, can national constitutions or international human rights treaties be interpreted as prohibiting discrimination against same-sex activity, gay, lesbian and bisexual individuals, and same-sex couples? Robert Wintemute attempts to answer these questions by examining three of the most commonly used arguments in favour of such an interpretation: sexual orientation is an ""immutable status"", sexual orientation is a ""fundamental choice"" (or part of ""privacy""), and sexual orientation discrimination is sex discrimination. To assess their merits, he looks at their relative success and failure in cases argued under three of the world's most influential human rights instruments: the United States Constitution, the European Convention on Human Rights, and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.;He also considers the potential impact of the United Nations Human Rights Committee's recent interpretation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights in Toonen v. Australia.

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Subjects:
Human Rights and Civil Liberties
Contents:
Preface to the Paperback Edition
1. Introduction
2. The United States Constitution: Fundamental Choice Approach
3. The United States Constitution: Immutable Status and Sex Discrimination Approaches and Assessment of Protection
4. The European Convention on Human Rights: Fundamental Choice Approach
5. The European Convention on Human Rights: Immutable Status and Sex Discrimination Approaches and Assessment of Protection
6. The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms: Immutable Status and Fundamental Choice Approaches
7. The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms: Is Sexual Orientation an Immutable or a Fundamental Choice?
8. The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms: Is Sexual Orientation Discrimination Sex Discrimination?
9. Comparison and Conclusion
Appendix of Canadian Charter Provisions
Table of Constitutions, Statutes and Cases
Bibliography