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Seminar:Inching towards equality:law, LGBTI rights and social change in Hon...

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SLC Common Room 536,

Brennan MacCallum Building A18

The University of Sydney, NSW 2006

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Jointly organized by the Cluster of LLCE, China Studies Centre and the Department of Chinese Studies at the University of Sydney.

A growing body of research has indicated that LGBTI individuals in Hong Kong experience discrimination in the fields of education and employment as well as in access to goods and services. Despite this evidence, the Hong Kong Government has resisted calls to develop anti-discrimination legislation on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI), demonstrating a preference for education and policy initiatives including its Code of Practice against Discrimination on the Ground of Sexual Orientation in Employment. This paper draws on experience as part of a cross-disciplinary research team, which conducted a large-scale empirical research project on the feasibility of anti-discrimination legislation on the grounds of SOGI funded by Hong Kong’s Equal Opportunities Commission. The study recommended the adoption of anti-discrimination legislation and proposed several models (omnibus legislation, field-specific legislation, stand-alone legislation) for consideration by the Hong Kong Government. To date, the Courts have helped to inch towards equality with a series of landmark judgments that have secured some legal protections for sexual minorities, but this paper will explore whether the Courts are the most effective means of challenging resistance, securing human rights and promoting social change.

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Amy Barrow is a Senior Lecturer at Macquarie Law School. Amy has a keen interest in interdisciplinary research and to date her research has focused on two principal themes - the intersection between gender, international law, peace and security; and law and society in Hong Kong and other Asian contexts. Amy researches law in action by drawing on qualitative research methods to consider how international laws and policies are implemented in practice by multiple actors. Amy aims to extend theorising about the promise of law, as well as its limitations. Prior to joining Macquarie Law School Amy held posts at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom. Along with Joy Chia, she co-edited the book Gender, Violence and the State in Asia published by Routledge in 2016.

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