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Sexual Orientation

ISBN13: 9780792330189
ISBN: 0792330188
Published: March 1995
Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers
Format: Hardback
Price: £220.00

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This text examines sexual orientation from the viewpoint of international human rights law. It does not simply ""create"" a platform of rights and argue for their ""introduction"" in human rights law. Rather, it examines how extant international norms should be construed to include rights against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, including rights of privacy, equality, speech, expression and association. It raises questions of cultural relativism, religious faith, social science and legal theory. It should be of interest to international jurists, human rights organizations, gay rights organizations, constitutional scholars and anyone interested in expanding the role of international human rights law as a formidable adversary of persecution and discrimination throughout the world.

Part 1: The Oldest and Newest of Problems.
1. Less Equal? 2. Sexual Orientation and Sexual Minorities.
Part 2: From Western Concepts to Universal Law? 3. The Problem of Universality.
4. Rights, New and Old.
5. Practical Concerns.
6. Rights of Sexual Orientation in the World Today.
Part 3: Methodology.
7. Rights, New and Extant.
8. Jurisprudential Foundations.
Part 4: Fundamental Rights of Sexual Orientation.
9. Personhood.
10. Privacy.
11. Liberty.
12. Equality.
13. Towards a Jurisprudence of Sexual Minorities.
14. Other Rights.
Part 5: Towards Positive Law.
15. A Model Declaration.
16. Recommendations. Appendix: Excerpts from International Human Rights Instruments. Works Cited.