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Durham University

Gender and Law at Durham

Conferences and Seminars

GLAD organises a range of different events, from 'conversations' with key legal thinkers and policy-makers, to seminars on current topics of debates, to staff seminars.

GLAD also organises seminars and conferences, including: 

Sex Work and Human Rights: Lessons from Canada for the UK

18th September 2014, 09:00 to 19th September 2014, 17:00, Durham Law School

A Two-Day Symposium: Thursday 18th – Friday 19th September 2014

Durham Law School, Durham University

In December 2013, the Supreme Court of Canada struck down three provisions of the Canadian Criminal Code, holding that they violate sex workers’ constitutional right to security of the person, and gave the Canadian Parliament one year to come up with new legislation, should it decide to do so. This landmark decision marked the first successful human rights challenge to the criminalisation of sex workers.

The conference brought together academics, practitioners and activists from Canada and the UK, to think about the impact of the Bedford v Canada case in Canada, how it might provide lessons to the UK, and what human rights and a human rights challenge might look like for sex workers in the UK.

Key Speakers:

  • Maggie O’ Neill (Durham University)
  • John Lowman (Simon Fraser University)
  • Nick Mai (London Metropolitan University)
  • Niki Adams (English Collective of Prostitutes)
  • Georgina Perry (Open Doors)
  • Jenn Clamen (Stella)
  • Amy Lebovitch (SPOC; plaintiff in Bedford v Canada)

Professor Nick Mai intorduced and discussed the film 'Normal' - a film on migrant sex work.

Abstracts of papers available here.

This two day event was kindly sponsored by the Modern Law Review and supported by Gender and Law at Durham and the Centre for Sex Gender and Sexuality.

Criminalising Extreme Porn - 5 Years On

What impact has the controversial criminalisation of extreme pornography had over the last 5 years? Has it stemmed the proliferation of images of sexual violence? Or has it simply tackled the easy targets? Is it already time to think about reform? And, if so, what kind?

5 years on from the passing of legislation to criminalise the possession of extreme pornography, this seminar examined the effect of the 2008 Act. It brought together academics, activists, policy-makers and other regulatory authorities to evaluate the success or failure of the legislation and asked what, if any, reforms are necessary to secure progress toward this objective.

Speakers included:

  • Simon Walsh (barrister and alderman of the City of London)
  • Fiona Elvines (Rape Crisis, South London)
  • Holly Dustin (End Violence Against Women Coalition)
  • Alex Dymock (University of Reading)
  • Clare McGlynn and Erika Rackley (Durham Law School)
  • Hildur Fjóla Antonsdóttir (Centre for Women’s and Gender Research, University of Iceland)
  • R. K. Lawrence (School of Applied Social Sciences, Durham University)

Sexuality, Gender Identity and Faith

This one day event, funded and hosted by Gender & Law at Durham (GLAD) in June 2012, brought together academic and non-academic speakers to offer new insights into the lived experiences of LGBT people of faith, and the issues involved in fostering greater cohesion between LGBT and faith communities.

Rethinking Rape Law

This international conference was held in Durham in July 2008 to rethink rape law from international, European and national perspectives with key speakers including Catharine MacKinnon, Navanethem Pillay and Liz Kelly. A collection of essays developing the themes of the conference, as well as specially commissioned new essays was published in 2010.

Positions on the Politics of Porn

This seminar brought together academics, policy-makers, activists, students, the police and other regulatory authorities to debate the Government's proposals to criminalise the possession of extreme pornography.