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 will bring 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.
We welcome papers from academics, sex workers and activists and are open to alternative forms of presentation.
- Maggie O’ Neill (Durham University)
- John Lowman (Simon Fraser University)
- Nick Mai (London Metropolitan University)
- Niki Adams and Laura Watson (English Collective of Prostitutes)
- Rosie Campbell (Genesis)
- Georgina Perry (Open Doors)
- Jenn Clamen (Stella)
- Amy Lebovitch (SPOC; plaintiff in Bedford v Canada)
Also showing ‘Normal’ – a film on migrant sex work by Professor Nick Mai
Programme of the two days available here: SW and HR Programme FINAL
Abstracts of papers available here: SW and HR Abstracts
For more information about the event, please contact the organiser Laura Graham at firstname.lastname@example.org.