Dr. Leonardo J Raznovich was admitted as a lawyer in Argentina in 1995 and was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2010 where he is currently a practising barrister. Since 1995, he has gained experience across civil and common law jurisdictions in international arbitration and litigation. The former has involved government and corporate contractual disputes in the areas of oil and gas. Dr. Raznovich has also gained experience in litigation in the areas of public and private law disputes with an emphasis on human rights and civil liberties. Dr. Raznovich is a practising mediator, accredited by the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution in the UK. Dr. Raznovich has an undergraduate law degree (LL.B.) from the University of Buenos Aires (1995), a master in law (LL.M.) from Harvard Law School (1997) and a doctorate degree (D.Phil.) from the University of Oxford (2003). Dr. Raznovich was also the Head of Law (2008-2010) and Principal Lecturer in Law (until 2012) at Canterbury Christ Church University in the UK and served as a Law Lecturer at the Truman Bodden Law School in the Cayman Islands until 2015.
Dr. Raznovich's publications include a book in the area of comparative civil procedure and articles in evidence law, dispute resolution, judicial reform, unjust enrichment, recognition of marriages across jurisdictions and gender studies. Dr. Raznovich was invited by the University College of the Cayman Islands to give a TEDx Talk on fear and homophobia. He is currently writing a book on this subject. He served in the LGBT Action Group of the Kent Police in the UK and was invited to assist the government of Montenegro regarding rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the country. He was also Lovells Visiting Lecturer in Anglo-American Law (2002-2003) at the School of Law of Heinrich Heine Universität, Düsseldorf, Germany, Visiting Professor (2007) of the Catholic University of Valparaiso in Chile and a guest lecturer at universities in the USA, France and China.
In January 2016, Dr. Raznovich was appointed as Education Officer of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Law Committee of the International Bar Association for the biennium 2016-2017. His is currently an Honorary Visiting Senior Research Fellow of Canterbury Christ Church University in the UK and, in such capacity, is undertaking a research project in the Caribbean, the objective of which is to force the remaining ten countries in the Caribbean Region to decriminalise sodomy. His strategy is to perform a comprehensive critical analysis of the on-going criminalisation of homosexuality in the 10 jurisdictions in the Caribbean and to assess the social impact of these mechanisms on the health of LGTBI persons and society at large. The Inter American Institute of Human Rights is the main host of the research in the region. The cost of conducting the fieldwork, analysing the data and preparing the report is to be met by funds that Dr. Raznovich secured from the International Bar Association and the ILANUD (United Nations Latin American Institute for the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders). The project has formally started in May 2017 and its completion it is envisage for April 2019.
Research and Knowledge Exchange
Dr. Raznovich’s research interests include comparative civil procedure and evidence law, dispute resolution, judicial reform and gender studies. He has also developed a research interest in the field of international private law in particular in the areas recognition of marriages across jurisdictions and unjust enrichment.
His current ongoing research seeks to delve deep into international comparative perspectives of the cross-border area where people’s conducts and public and/or community mechanisms to regulate them intersect. He has undertaken field research on mechanisms of dispute resolution used by first nation people in Canada. The research touches upon, jurisprudence, philosophy of governance, criminal procedure and dispute resolution. This research informed his teaching of dispute resolution and the setting up of a Clinic for Dispute Resolution at Canterbury Christ Church University. He has also expanded his field of research to include diversity and queer rights from an international comparative perspective, which led to a publication about the recognition of foreign same-sex marriages under common law from a libertarian perspective. His work in this field resulted in international recognition in that he was invited to participate in Montenegro, along with other experts in this field, to discuss and lobby the local government regarding rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the country. Additionally, he was invited as a guest lecturer by the William Institute of the University of California (Los Angeles), School of Law to present a paper on ‘Homosexuality: crime and stigma’, which touched upon legal history, criminal law and public/constitutional law. Most recently, this work informed the successful legal challenge against the failure of the Cayman Islands Government to recognise the validity of his own same-sex marriage contracted in Argentina for immigration purposes.
Dr Raznovich served in the LGBT Action Group of the Kent Police in the U.K. He has also been a visiting scholar in Germany and Chile (Lovells Visiting Lecturer in Anglo-American Law (2002-2003) at the School of Law of Heinrich Heine Universität, Düsseldorf, Germany and Visiting Professor (2007) of the Catholic University of Valparaiso in Chile) and a guest lecturer at universities in the USA, France and China.
Dr. Raznovich is currently the Education Officer of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Law Committee of the International Bar Association for the biennium 2016-2017.
Teaching and Subject Expertise
Dr Raznovich subject expertise is comparative civil procedure and evidence law, area on which he focused his master and doctoral research and in which he published a book and peer reviewed articles. Dr Raznovich’s teaching expertise also includes jurisprudence, human rights, gender studies, tort law, EU law and theory of dispute resolution (including mediation, negotiation and arbitration).
Conference papers, publications and research outputs
Dr Raznovich’s publications include a book in the area of comparative civil procedure and articles in English and Spanish on evidence law, dispute resolution, judicial reform, unjust enrichment, recognition of marriages across jurisdictions and gender studies. Dr. Raznovich has also authored legal opinions on the areas of his expertise and has been convenor of numerous international symposia and conferences. He was invited by the University College of the Cayman Islands in April 2015 to give a TEDx Talk on fear and homophobia. He is currently writing a book on this subject.
A list of Dr Raznovich's publications are available on this web page.