Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

Comparative Sexual Orientation Law

444 AX | 2.0 credits


This course examines issues in the field of sexual orientation and public health law from a comparative-law perspective. The course will explore ways in which different legal systems regulate sexuality, sexual identity, and expressions of identity, and the relationship between public health policy and sexual orientation policy. This course will address selected issues involving sexual orientation, such as non-traditional family (e.g., marriage, domestic partnership, gay and lesbian parenting); government and sexuality (e.g., criminalization of sodomy, hate-crime law, issues of health, education and immigration); and the different approaches to protecting sexual minorities through constitutional and statutory law (e.g., public employment, exclusion from the military or security positions, private sector discrimination). It will look at the resolution of competing claims for constitutional and statutory protection (e.g., sexual orientation claims in competition with religion claims) and at the particular complications for individuals and groups in a multiple-minority position. And it will examine different countries' approaches to public health, particularly approaches to regulating development of and access to HIV/AIDS drugs, and the role of social and policy norms in shaping those approaches.