We are pleased to announce that Aziza Ahmed, IGLP Workshop alumna and Associate Professor of Law at Northeastern University School of Law, will organize a conference entitled “Sexual and Reproductive Health, HIV, and the Law: Evaluating Strategies, Outcomes, and Consequences,” to be held at Northeastern University School of Law September 12-13, 2013.

The 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade and the 32nd year of the HIV epidemic provides the opportunity to assess, analyze, and understand the role of the law, lawyers, and advocacy in advancing both sexual and reproductive health rights and the rights of people living with HIV.  The meeting will bring together lawyers, activists, and academics to share evidence, experience, and analysis on legal strategies in the context of sexual and reproductive health as it intersects with HIV.  Through structured presentations and discussion, the meeting will seek to explore the following questions:

  • What has been the relationship between legal advocacy, litigation, and activism on SRHR and HIV since HIV was discovered?
  • How has legal advocacy, litigation, and activism shaped the agenda for SRHR and HIV?
  • What are the limitations of legal strategies at the intersections of HIV and SRHR? Have there been unintended consequences?
  • How can we deepen and broaden the relationship between lawyers and activists in forwarding an agenda of SRHR and the rights of people living with HIV?

The goal of the meeting is to organize a series of panels over the course of one and half days. The panels will be substantively themed (Queer Activism, HIV, Reproduction, Sex work/Trafficking, Identity-based activism) and each panel will contain a blend of critical scholars and engaged, yet critical, lawyers.

The event will be co-sponsored by the Institute for Global Law and Policy, the Program on Law and Social Thought, and the Ford Foundation.

More information about the conference will be available soon.