GSL Online

Gender & Sexuality Law Online is a webjournal published by the Columbia Law School Center for Gender & Sexuality Law.

Subject: Sexual Orientation Discrimination

Orientalism and EU Accession

Author: Laura Stafford, JD 2011 Abstract: This paper seeks to analyze EU accession procedures and their effects on subject countries. It examines the EU’s accession process as it relates to Romania’s decriminalization of homosexuality. The paper suggests that the EU “orientalizes”...

The Biopolitics of Gender in Iran: How a “Third Gender” has Formed

Author: Donna Azoulay, JD 2010 Abstract: In the Islamic Republic of Iran both the role of gender and the commitment to gender have resulted in a blatant deployment of power over individual bodies. Gender as defined in this context is masculine/feminine, where the stakes for masculinity are particularly high....

State Cooption and the Search for Converging Interests

Author: Eleanor Carr, JD 2010 Abstract: Many states use their asserted public commitment to human rights norms to increase their legitimacy in the eyes of the international community. A state’s decision to take on particular rights may come from homegrown movements or may be imposed by the international...

Understanding and Responding to Domestic Violence in Lesbian Relationships: Removing Roadblocks to Safety and Justice for Battered Lesbians

Author: Erin Meyer, JD 2011 Abstract: Over the past two decades, domestic violence advocates have gained increased awareness and understanding of the dynamics of intimate partner violence in lesbian couples. They have also made great strides toward addressing the challenges faced by lesbian victims of...