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Human Rights in Practice: Decriminalizing Homosexuality in India: Love, Law, and Colonialism

On Sept. 6, 2018, the Supreme Court of India ruled that the “criminalisation of consensual conduct between adults of the same sex” is unconstitutional. Duke Law presents a panel discussion on the case and LGBTI rights in India featuring Vardhman Kumar, Menaka Guruswamy, and Arundhati Katju, moderated by Prof. Laurence Helfer.


Dr. Menaka Guruswamy, BR Ambedkar Research Scholar & Lecturer, Columbia
Law School & Attorney, “Section 377” case

Arundhati Katju, J.S.D. candidate, Columbia Law School
& Attorney, “Section 377” case

Vardhman Kumar, Ph.D. student, Biomedical Engineering Department,
Duke University & one of the Petitioners, “Section 377” case

The event is free and open to all, no registration is required. A reception for the speakers will follow the program. For more information, please see the event website or contact Balfour Smith (bsmith@law.duke.edu).

This program is part of the Human Rights in Practice series, organized by Duke Law’s International Human Rights Clinic and the Center for International and Comparative Law. Co-sponsored by: Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity; Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies; Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute; Duke Human Rights Center at the Kenan Institute for Ethics; Fuqua Pride; Human Rights Law Society; International Law Society; OUTLaw; Program in Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies; Sexuality Studies; and South Asian Law Students Association.


January 30, 2019
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Duke Law School


Duke Law School
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