About the LGBTQI Working Group

Welcome to the Berkeley Center on Comparative Equality & Anti-Discrimination Law (BCCE) LGBTIQ Working Group. The Working Group group was initially formed in August 2020 as a LGBTIQ Network to bring together the diverse range of scholars, lawyers, activists, practitioners within BCCE, who work on numerous different dimensions of LGBTIQ rights and identities across a broad range of jurisdictions and regions. From August 2021 onwards, the LGBTIQ Network is an official Working Group of BCCE. The LGBTIQ Working Group aims to foster the exchange of knowledge and best practices; create opportunities to share and discuss new scholarship and research; facilitate collaboration and partnerships among Working Group members; and promote LGBTIQ perspectives within the broader work of BCCE. 

LGBTQI Working Group Projects

  • At the Annual BCCE Conference 2021, the LGBTIQ Working Group held a brief introductory presentation for the wider Center membership, addressing aims and future activities. You can access the presentation slides here: 
  • In the general BCCE mailing list, the Working Group plans provide a space where colleagues can share relevant news, provide resources and seek advice relating to LGBTIQ rights
  • The Working Group plans to compile an edited collection of essays written by its members on various LGBTIQ related issues. 
  • During the Fall 2021 semester, the LGBTIQ Working Group will host three online seminars (provisional themes and dates below):  


  • October 2021: Trans Men Giving Birth and Reflections on Fatherhood
  • November 2021: Transgender and Gender-Diverse Participation in Sport


  • December 2021: Legal LGBTIQ Related Developments in India


The LGBTIQ Working Group appreciates and values the geographical diversity of its members. It aims to organize events which are accessible to members irrespective of location. Its joint coordinators will make a positive effort to rotate timings to ensure that certain members are not always being asked to attend events in the early morning or late evening. The online seminars will take place through Zoom. 

Who We Are

Joint Coordinators

  • Portrait of Peter Dunne

    Peter Dunne

    Peter Dunne (he/him) is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Bristol Law School and an Associate Member of Garden Court Chambers. His research focuses on comparative LGBTI rights, with a particular focus on family law, health law and the EU law.

  • Portrait of Masuma Shahid

    Masuma Shahid

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    Masuma Shahid (she/her) is a Senior Lecturer at the Erasmus School of Law in the Netherlands. Using Queer Legal Theory, Shahid’s PhD research focuses on how various courts approach the topic of equal marriage rights. Shahid has published recently on EU Law and LGBTQ+ law in the Erasmus Law Journal, European Yearbook on Human Rights and for Eleven International Publishing.

  • Portrait of Ajita Banerjie

    Ajita Banerjie

    Ajita Banerjie (she/her) is a Masters candidate, specialising in Human Rights and Humanitarian Policy, at SIPA, Columbia University. Prior to this she has worked in India and the UK on issues of access to justice and SOGIESC based

  • Portrait of Liam Elphick

    Liam Elphick

    Liam Elphick (he/him) is an Associate Lecturer at the Monash University Faculty of Law, and Adjunct Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia Law School. His research focuses on LGBTIQ+ discrimination law protections in common law jurisdictions, and how these intersect with religious freedom.

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