Areas of Interest
Gender and the Law
We’ve come a long way
March 8, 2023
70 years on, Sondra Miller ’53 reflects on her experience as a member of the first class at Harvard Law School to include women.
2023 Cravath International Fellows
March 2, 2023
From transgender equality to the rights of displaced persons, four Harvard Law students describe their winter-term projects abroad.
As a 2023 Cravath International Fellow, Janna Adelstein traveled to the United Kingdom to conduct research on how equality law doctrines affect transgender people.
‘Dominant power does not control everything’
September 8, 2022
Legal scholar, thought leader, and equal rights champion Catharine A. MacKinnon, 2022 recipient of the American Philosophical Society’s Henry M. Phillips Prize in Jurisprudence, discusses her teaching and the changes she has spent her career fighting for.
Conservative backlash threatens global gender justice efforts
December 7, 2021
Victor Madrigal-Borloz, the UN Independent Expert on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity shared his views at a virtual event last month hosted by the HLS Human Rights Program that focused on his year-long investigation into incorporation of gender and gender identity into international human rights law.
Ordering LGBTQ protections
February 3, 2021
Alexander Chen ’15, founding director of the LGBTQ+ Advocacy Clinic at Harvard Law School, on the significance of the Biden administration's executive orders providing protections for LGBTQ people, the danger of backlash, and the work that still needs to be done.
For India, a New Era in LGBTQ Rights
July 8, 2019
Constitutional lawyer Menaka Guruswamy LL.M. ’01 successfully argued against a colonial-era law that criminalized gay sex in India. The ruling by India's Supreme Court last year went beyond decriminalizing gay sex to acknowledge the individual rights of LGBTQ people and apologize for past mistreatment.
HIRC files amicus brief challenging U.S. Attorney General’s efforts to restrict gender asylum
May 1, 2018
The Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program joined the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Human Rights First and Kids in Need of Defense in filing a brief of amicus curiae in the case Matter of A-B-, a case that originated in immigration court but that is now before review of the U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.