CALL FOR PAPERS - International Conference "Breaking the barriers: Improving access to justice for victims of anti-LGBT hate crimes", September 20 and 21, 2018 - Sofia, Bulgaria


University of Brescia (Italy), Lambda Warsaw (Poland) and GLAS Foundation (Bulgaria), together with partners from 10 European countries, are excited to announce the international conference Breaking the barriers: Improving access to justice for victims of anti-LGBT hate crime, organized within the framework of the EU-funded project Come Forward.

Violence targeting lesbians, gay men, bisexual, trans and intersex people remain a problem across Europe. Victimization surveys and police statistics show that members of the LGBT community are victimized more often than members of the general population; that victims tend to not report attacks; and that hate crime can harm people in a particularly damaging way. Despite that, legal protection from bias crimes on the continent is patchy and many victims lack access to justice.

Hate crime is a problem that cannot be contained to one academic discipline or policy area. The only way to effectively combat it is by bringing together key stakeholders: community organizations, support services, international and national policy makers and scholars. Together, these interdisciplinary groups can help each other understand and acknowledge the problem, discuss solutions and share promising practices. They can help counter hate crime and break the barriers that victims encounter when reporting and seeking support.

Conference themes

The conference will focus on the following themes:

  • Hate crime legislation on the books and in practice
  • Training of hate crime professionals
  • Community outreach and reporting of hate crime
  • Recording hate crime
  • Support services for hate crime victims
  • Rights of hate crime victims

The list is not intended to be exhaustive. Contributors should feel free to examine any other relevant aspect of anti-LGBT hate crime law, policy, research, training, practice or advocacy.

Contribute to the conference programme!

Proposals accepted by Monday, July 23, 2018.

The conference will be an opportunity to present and learn about developments in hate crime research, policy, training and advocacy. It will cover a range of subjects and theoretical perspectives.

You can contribute to the programme by sending proposals for:

  • discussion sessions
  • problem-solving and capacity-building workshops
  • seminars and seminar papers
  • consultations
  • non-formal parts of the programme.

To submit your proposal for participation, complete the form with the requested information on by Monday, July 23, 2018 (midnight CET):

Please note that organizers do not cover any costs associated to speakers, experts or otherwise. You are thus responsible for covering any costs associated with workshops, consultations, presentations or other contributions. This is also the case for conference registration costs, travel and hotel costs. For more information, contact

Proposals and suggestions will be taken into account by organizers when developing the programme. As a high number of inputs is anticipated, organizers may not be able to accommodate all proposals and suggestions made. We aim to provide feedback to all proposals received by the 6th of August at the latest.

Please find further information about how you can make proposals or suggestions here: