Queer Persons and Access to Justice: A Workshop on Strategies I 25 March I Saturday I Vishranthi Nilayam

We’d like to invite you to a workshop on Access to Justice for Queer Persons to be organised by the Alternative Law Forum and International Commission of Jurists. The workshop will focus on the strategies that have been effective in engaging with the police and the court process and the ways in which we can share these ideas more effectively across different networks.

Date                             Saturday, 25 March  2017

Time                            9.30 am to 2 pm

Venue                          Vishranthi Nilayam,

18, CSI Womens House, Infantry Road, Bengaluru

Whether at the  level of the substantive law, or interactions with the police, or approaching lawyers and entering the space of the courtroom, there are many ways in which queer persons are denied access to justice. This workshop will address a few core questions: what are the strategies that have been effective in gaining remedies? What are the points to keep in mind while engaging in crisis intervention, and what are the ways in which lawyers can provide effective counsel for queer clients? What are the strategies that have worked in terms of using positive decisions like NALSA, or in countering the effects of the Suresh Kumar Koushal decision?

9.30 am -10 am : Tea

10 am – 11.45 am: Session 1 – Sharing Strategies

This session will involve presentations from a set of speakers sharing their experiences in engaging with the justice system at different levels, with a focus on sharing strategies that have proven effective.


Ramya Jawahar, Alternative Law Forum

Jayna Kothari, Centre for Law and Policy Research

Danish Sheikh and Ajita Banerjie, International Commission of Jurists

Sumathi Murthy, Independent Activist

Umesh P, Jeeva

11.45 – 12 pm: Tea

12 pm – 1 pm: Session 2 – Consolidating Strategies

This session will involve an open discussion with a focus on how to share strategies effectively and reach out to spaces with limited resources.

1 pm : Lunch

Please find the poster attached and a link to the Facebook event included here – https://www.facebook.com/events/1650543718588483/

To help us plan better, please confirm your attendance by mailing Danish Sheikh at danish.sheikh@icj.org or Ramya Jawahar at ramya@altlawforum.org , mob +918050005354