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One of the British Empire’s most significant legacies is the criminalisation of homosexuality across the Commonwealth. In recent years, in line with the global advancement of LGBT rights, the laws that enforce this in many Commonwealth countries have been subject of legal challenges. In a two-part series, Alasdair Maher examines the historical and imperial origins of the outlawing of homosexuality and analyses how the courts of different nations are approaching the issue.

Series Editor: Keir Baker

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The Criminalisation of Homosexuality in the Commonwealth Pt II: Shifting Sands?

The British Empire's legacy of criminalising homosexuality in the Commonwealth has been challenged in the courts. In some countries, the courts have upheld it through decisions that assert sovereignty of democratic institutions; in others, the courts have focused on protecting constitutional rights.

11:00, 6th July 2018
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The Fight for LGBT Rights in the Commonwealth Pt I: Tracing Historical Origins

One of the major legal legacies of the British Empire is the criminalisation of homosexuality, which still exists across most Commonwealth states. In the first of a two-part series, Alasdair Maher tracks the historical origins of anti-LGBT laws and how this has influenced their continued existence.

11:00, 22nd June 2018
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