Virtual Discussion – Researching Hate Studies: State Responses to Anti-LGBTI Hate Crime

Wednesday 13 September 2023, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm BST, online (UK)


“State responses to anti-LGBTI hate crime on Europe’s peripheries” – Piotr
Godzisz, Birmingham City University

The presentation will present early findings from a MSCA-IF study on the policies
aimed at addressing anti-LGBTI violence in South-East and Eastern Europe. Some
countries in the region have recently enacted hate crime laws, but there are few
reports of cases being prosecuted under these laws, leading to questions about their
implementation. The spread of hate crime legislation is influenced by the growth of
LGBTI advocacy, increased global attention to hate crimes, and the process of EU
integration. However, it is uncertain how these factors affect the adoption and
enforcement of hate crime policies. Based on data from expert and elite interviews
enhanced by graphic elicitation the presentation will discuss hate crime policy
adoption in Georgia and North Macedonia, which have both passed anti-LGBTI hate
crime laws but have different levels of implementation.

Presenter’s biography:
Dr Piotr Godzisz (he/him) is an interdisciplinary researcher with a background in
political science and criminology. He holds a PhD from the University College London
and an MA from the University of Warsaw. He is engaged in research, training and
advocacy on human rights issues across Europe and has worked with organisations
such as the OSCE, the Council of Europe and Human Dignity Trust. He is currently
a senior lecturer at Birmingham City University and a Marie Skłodowska-Curie
postdoctoral fellow at Université Libre de Bruxelles. His published work focuses on
victims, hate crime and human rights.


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