Next month, the new book of Paul Johnson (University of York) entitled 'Going to Strasbourg. An Oral History of Sexual Orientation Discrimination and the European Convention on Human Rights' (Oxford University Press, just published this month), will be launched at a special event in London. This is the book's abstract;
'Since its inception, the European Convention on Human Rights has been a beacon of hope to gay men and lesbians in Europe. Going to Strasbourg: An Oral History of Sexual Orientation Discrimination and the European Convention on Human Rights provides a comprehensive account of how individuals in the United Kingdom have utilized the Convention, by way of making applications to its organs in Strasbourg in order to challenge sexual orientation discrimination.
Combining an exhaustive analysis of Strasbourg case law with nineteen unique oral histories of applicants, legal professionals, and campaigners, this book is the definitive history of the role that 'going to Strasbourg' has played in eradicating discrimination and establishing legal equality on the grounds of sexual orientation in the UK.'
The book launch will feature, apart from the author, short talks by Lord Cashman and a number of former applicants in Strasbourg. For more information on attending this special event, see here.