Talking Sexuality

“Encountering Human Rights: Gender/Sexuality, Activism and the Promise of Law” This two-day conference will bring together activists, academics and practitioners to assess how human rights law and practice in the UK interacts with issues concerning gender and sexuality. The conference is being organised by the Centre for Law, Gender and Sexuality, Liberty and the Legal Action Group. It has been funded by the Modern Law Review. They say:

Some of the central questions that we will be asking include:
– whether and how litigation on gender/sexuality and human rights can be effective in the long-term;
– whether the problems associated with making rights claims are outweighed by how useful they can be; and
– what lessons we can learn from other jurisdictions (for example South Africa and Canada) about litigation and campaigning.

How we’ll do it:
Our aim is to establish a meaningful dialogue across activism, academia and legal practice. We have drawn plenary speakers from a range of occupational backgrounds. Each conference panel will combine speakers from activism and academia, and our aim is to break the traditional “conference” mould.

The conference will combine an analytical attitude to rights litigation with an open, and collaborative attempt to think creatively about how to use human rights arguments to achieve substantive goals. We intend to:

– draw together campaigners, academics and legal practitioners who either already work on gender and/or human rights, or whose area of focus might usefully accommodate a human rights dimension, for example campaigners working on criminal justice and prisons;
– take an innovative approach to discussing gender and human rights issues, bringing about a mutually beneficial dialogue across disciplinary and professional boundaries; and
– open up the discussion of gender and human rights to consider issues that are not currently at the forefront of debate. For example, what are the human rights implications if a taxation system impacts women in a negative way?

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