“When a Progressive Constitution is Not Enough”: Presentation at the 13th International Association for the Studies of Forced Migration

GDX Director Liesl Theron presented this speech in July 2011 at the 13th conference of the International Association for the Study of Forced Migration, hosted by the Refugee Law Project in Kampala, Uganda. This conference sought to tease out the connections between methods of governance and the experiences of forced migration, in particular emphasizing the needs and vulnerabilities of LGBTI persons. Liesl’s presentation addressed this by speaking to the history of LGBTI issues and associated constitutional struggles in South Africa, explicitly contrasting these legal successes against the complex lived realities of LGBTI refugees who hope to take advantage of such protections. Available for download here:

When A Progressive Constitution is Not Enough, And Other Challenges 2011


Liesl’s full presentation can also be viewed below, with video documentation courtesy of the Refugee Law Project in Uganda: