Discourse about LGBT rights in a comparative perspective tends to focus on the impact of American LGBT rights on these rights in foreign countries. Professors Balzano and Rachmilovitz aim to turn this assumption regarding the contribution of American LGBT rights on its head and show that LGBT rights law in the United States could benefit from the lessons, gains and challenges that LGBT people face in other countries. Through the experience of two countries - China and Israel - they will review the state of LGBT rights outside of the United States and compare it to progress in the U.S.. Professors Balzano and Rachmilovitz will then explain why the state of LGBT rights in other countries matter for American law and explore how foreign law can inspire policy and legal changes for the LGBT community.
John Balzano is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at Boston University Law School. Previously he was a senior research scholar and lecturer in law at Yale Law School and a senior fellow at its China Law Center. He was in private practice at a law firm in New York City from 2008 to 2010. He was also a law clerk to the Honorable Joette Katz former associate justice of the Supreme Court of Connecticut and to the Honorable Steven M. Gold Chief USMJ of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. His scholarship focuses on transnational litigation and comparative law, primarily related to legal development in Mainland China and Japan.
Orly Rachmilovitz is a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Boston University School of Law where she teaches Mental Health Law and Law, Reproduction, and Sexual Health. Her scholarship focuses on the intersection of family law, sexuality and health, and her dissertation explored family conflicts resulting from parents’ heteronormative pressures on children’s sexual orientation and gender identity. Before joining BU, Professor Rachmilovitz served as a fellow at the UCLA's Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy and at the the University of Virginia's Institute of Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy. Additionally, she clerked for the Honorable Judge Eilat Ziskind of the Jerusalem Magistrates' Court. Rachmilovitz holds an S.J.D. (PhD equivalent) from the University of Virginia School of Law, an LL.M. from the UCLA School of Law, and an LL.B. and B.A. from Haifa University in Israel. She is a member of the Israel Bar Association and the LGBT Bar Family Law Institute.
This brown bag is co-sponsored by the BU Law Student Affairs Office, the Women's Law Association and OutLaw.