Gender and Sexuality in International Law

Module code: LLMP 5322

Module description

This module will introduce the student to legal developments regarding matters of gender and sexual orientation in the international community. It will do so by focusing on the following:

  • Overview of the various legal, political, social and cultural values which have shaped the treatment of women's rights in international law
  • International and regional instruments guaranteeing women's human rights, with particular emphasis on the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, 1979
  • More detailed treatment of particular issues, such as gender-related discrimination, reproductive rights, violence against women, and the family, criminalisation and sexual orientation
  • Sexual orientation and gender identity in international law, including the treatment of these issues in key human rights instruments, and the relevance of key legal principles such as privacy and non-discrimination
  • The development of the Yogyakarta principles since 2006

Contact hours per student per year

  • Seminar sessions will be available on distance learning study day events. Students will also have contact with tutors via email for support and feedback on their progress


  • This module is assessed by one 5,000 word essay
  • This module is assessed by written coursework only and the student can submit the assigment in draft

Additional costs: No extra costs other than purchase of books