Beyond virtue and vice: rethinking sex, health and criminal law

Date: Tuesday 21 August
Time: 12:30-13:15
Place: Bergen Resource Centre for International Development, Jekteviksbakken 31, Bergen

All societies have laws regulating sexuality and reproduction, and the adequacy of these laws are often the centre of heated debates – as during the #metoo campaign.

In this seminar we will discuss the criminal regulation of sex, gender and reproduction across countries, and how human rights actors can think differently about recourse to criminal law as a remedy for violations. Among the issues to be discussed is gestational surrogacy. The special rapporteur report on the sale and exploitation of children, in her report on surrogacy earlier this year concludes that commercial surrogacy is baby selling. This is a view shared by many (Nordic) feminists who view surrogacy as no different than prostitution and want it criminalized and abolished – others see it as a reproductive right. The discussion will be introduced by Mindy Roseman based on her forthcoming co-edited volume Beyond Virtue and Vice: Rethinking Human Rights and Criminal Law (U of Penn press, Jan 2019).

With (tbc*): Mindy Roseman, Jørn Jacobsen*, Christine Jacobsen*