Melbourne University Law Students' Society

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Date: 8/08/2019

Location: Room 108 Melbourne Law School

Time: 1:00-2:15pm

Hello all! The Queer portfolio are very excited to announce Assoc Prof Tarunabh Khaitan is coming to speak to us as our first event for Semester 2!

Tarun is a prolific scholar - he is a future fellow here at MLS; an associate professor and Hackney fellow at Wadham College, Oxford; a visiting Global Professor at NYU Law School; the General Editor of the Indian Law Review; and the author of the excellently-reviewed A Theory of Discrimination Law which has been cited by the European Court of Human Rights. He was the inaugural winner of the 2 million Norwegian Kroner Letten Prize, which he directed towards setting up the Indian Equality Law Programme. He also drafted the Anti-Discrimination and Equality Bill 2017, and is an Academic Fellow of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple, an Affiliate of the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights and an Associate of the Oxford Human Rights Hub. Phew!

He will be speaking to us on the recent Johar decision in India which decriminalised homosexual sex, the queer community in India and anti-discrimination generally. He has written extensively on this topic, and was even cited by the Supreme Court of India in their judgment! We’re very lucky to have him speak at this lunchtime event.

PLEASE NOTE: This lecture WILL start at 1.05pm on �� the �� dot �� Please be mindful of any disruption if arriving after this time.

This is a catered event so leave lunch at home!


Please message us for any dietary requirements or accessibility needs.

This event is for queers and allies. We want these events to be a safe space for all—whether queer and out of the closet, queer and in the closet, questioning, or an ally. To create this space, we ask that you don’t ask or make any assumptions about fellow attendees and where they fit on the rainbow.

This event takes place on stolen Wurundjeri land of the Kulin nation, and we pay our respects to elders past, present and emerging as well as any First Nations folk attending. Sovereignty was never ceded. As the queer directors, we acknowledge that queer First Nations folk experience disproportionate rates of trans- and/or homophobia and marginalisation. We strive to challenge the intersections of racism and trans- and/or homophobia that cause this discrimination.

The Queer Portfolio is contributing to the Pay the Rent campaign. 10% of the budget for this event is going to the Black Rainbow, an Indigenous queer suicide prevention charity. We encourage others to consider Paying the Rent for their own events.