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More than 50 legal scholars today strongly urged President Obama to resist calls for an overly broad religious exemption in a proposed executive order prohibiting sexual orientation and/or gender identity discrimination by federal contractors. The effort is being spearheaded by Columbia Law School’s Center for Gender and Sexuality Law, as part of its recently launched […]

            Because the news media is awash in legal analysis of the Defense of Marriage Act oral arguments earlier today, this blog post, like yesterday’s, offers a more personal view of the day at the Supreme Court.  For a more in-depth take on the arguments, please see my post, “DOMA’s Defenses Self-Destruct”. March 28, 2013 […]

Since the news media is saturated with analysis of the Court’s arguments in today’s Proposition 8 case, this blog post offers a more personal view of the proceedings: I dashed down from my hotel room at 6:10 a.m. to catch a predawn ride with colleagues over to the Supreme Court.  Even at that hour, First […]

This week the British government introduced a bill into Parliament that would allow same-sex couples to marry.   While the bill may signal progress on the issue of marriage equality in Britain, some details about the bill and the circumstances surrounding it are worth noting: – Britain now has a civil status called “Civil Partnerships” which […]

In a May 26 post on this blog, Columbia Law School Associate-in-Law Michael Kavey criticized the efforts of several New York school districts to dismantle critical civil rights protections for their students. The districts, presumably seeking to avoid financial liability, had been claiming in various cases across the state that the broad antidiscrimination and antiharassment safeguards […]

Prior to coming to Columbia Law School as an Associate-in-Law, Michael Kavey worked at Lambda Legal, where he served as the lead attorney on a series of amici curiae briefs filed on behalf of a broad coalition of civil rights groups in cases involving the New York Human Rights Law. The briefs argued that the […]

Couldn’t make our our event with Professor Katherine Franke, who returned from a week of working with women lawyers in the West Bank, helping them build a Women’s Committee within the Palestinian Bar Association? Listen to her talk below about what women in Palestine feel are the most pressing Gender Justice issues, how they plan […]

Tanya L. Domi is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University who teaches about human rights in Eurasia and is a Harriman Institute affiliated faculty member. Prior to teaching at Columbia, Domi worked internationally for more than a decade on issues related to democratic transitional development, including political and media […]

VLOG: Update from Ramallah


March 12th, 2012

Check out Katherine Franke’s VLOG, discussing what a gender-rights lawyer in Palestine would work on if asked: If you can see this, then you might need a Flash Player upgrade or you need to install Flash Player if it’s missing. Get Flash Player from Adobe.

Professor Katherine Franke is working for two weeks in Ramallah with women lawyers as part of a project to help build the Palestinian Bar Association’s Women’s Committee.  Here is her International Women’s Day greeting from downtown Ramallah: If you can see this, then you might need a Flash Player upgrade or you need to install […]

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