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Lecture series „Contemporary issues of human rights theory and practice. Global, regional and national perspectives” - "Challenges to the constitutional protection of gender equality”

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Lecture series „Contemporary issues of human rights theory and practice. Global, regional and national perspectives” - "Challenges to the constitutional protection of gender equality”

Human Rights Department (Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń) and Poznań Human Rights Centre (Institute of Law Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences) are pleased to announce that we resume the Lecture series Contemporary issues of human rights theory and practice. Global, regional and national perspectivesafter summer break. The Lecture series is organized in association with AHRI.

A 4th guest lecture will be delivered by Dr Valentina Rita Scotti (European Law and Governance School (EPLO) in Athens) will be presenting a topic"Challenges to the constitutional protection of gender equality

Date: 25 November 2021 (Thursday) at 3 PM CET

Lectures are organized online on a BigBlueButton platform, in a dedicated virtual room accessible at: https://vc.umk.pl/b/jul-x4e-92m. No prior registration is required to join.

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ABOUT OUR GUEST:

Dr Valentina Rita Scotti - Associate Professor in Comparative Law at European Law and Governance School (EPLO). Previously worked as a Post-doctoral Researcher in Public Law at the Koç University Law School since 2016, where she also teaches Introduction to Constitutional Law and Gender-based discrimination and Law. She holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Public Law from the University of Siena, Italy and a M.A. summa cum laude in International Relations from LUISS ‘Guido Carli’. At LUISS, she has hold classes as an Adjunct Professor in Comparative Constitutional Law and in Institutions of Muslim Countries. She has also lectured in several international courses as well as in Jean Monnet Modules and as a Temporary Professor for the Italian National School of Administration. She extensively participated in international research projects and conferences, and she has been part of numerous organizing committees for international symposiums. She publishes in international reviews and journals as well as in edited books on constitutionalism and human rights (including gender rights), constitutional cross-fertilization and parliamentary cooperation. She is also a member of the Younger Comparativists Committee Board and co-chairs the research group on ‘Gender and Constitution’ of the International Association of Constitutional Law.

ABOUT THE LECTURE:

"Challenges to the constitutional protection of gender equality”

Since the constitutional wave occurred after the end of WWII, the principle of gender equality has affirmed as a pillar principle of contemporary constitutionalism. Under a formal perspective, most of the Constitutions provide for a prohibition of sex-based discrimination and legal systems have introduced measures for ensuring equality between men and women. Nevertheless, this principle has often lacked implementation and substantial equality proved difficult to affirm. Furthermore, full recognition of equality among individuals notwithstanding their sexual orientation remains a controversial topic for several legal systems. In current times, authoritarianisms and right-wing populisms are challenging the principle of gender equality, providing for an alternative approach based on complementarity between men and women and denial of rights for the LGBTQAI+ community in name of the protection of the family. The lecture will deal with these aspects in a comparative perspective.

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