AIDS 2018

The Legal Network at AIDS 2018

From July 23 to 27, 2018, Amsterdam hosts the 22nd International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2018). Material presented by the Legal Network at the conference will be posted to this page as it becomes available. Here are highlights of our activities (all times Central European Summer Time [CEST] — UTC/GMT +2 hours):



Monday, July 23, to Friday, July 27

Human Rights Networking Zone

Host organizations: Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network and AIDS & Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA)

Join us for a run of activities, events and panels throughout the entire conference! All events are free and open to the public, with no conference pass needed.

  • Welcome reception (July 23) – RSVP here
  • Program of events
    • Tuesday, July 24, Zone Events
      • 9:00-10:30 MORNING MOVIES
      • 11:00-12:30 AGEISM AND HIV
        The Gray Zone: Ageism as a human rights issue in the global response to HIV
      • 13:00-14:30 HIV ADVOCACY AND STORYTELLING
        Making advocacy pop: using cultural interventions to create narrative change
      • 14:30-16:00 HUMAN RIGHTS LITERACY
        Accountability in the time of disruption: The power of treatment and rights literacy of community defenders
      • 16:30-18:00 COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP
        Launch of the ARASA Catalytic small grants publication
    • Wednesday, July 25, Zone Events
      • 9:00-10:30 MORNING MOVIES
      • 11:00-12:30 HIV FUNDING
        What’s rushing in as HIV donors rush out? The future of health as a human right
      • 14:30-16:00 RELIGION AND HIV
        Religious fundamentalism: Regression in laws and policies
      • 16:30-18:00 HIV CRIMINALIZATION
        Uniting forces to end HIV criminalization
    • Thursday, July 26, Zone Events
      • 9:00-10:30 MORNING MOVIES
      • 11:00-12:30 REGIONS IN CRISIS
        Human rights “hot spots” in the HIV response
      • 14:30-16:00 LEGAL STRATEGIES
        What’s law got to do with it? Legal strategies to uphold human rights
      • 16:30-18:00 NO REGION LEFT BEHIND
        Disparities in the HIV response


Monday, July 23

9:00 to 16:30
Satellite meeting: Beyond Blame 2018: Challenging HIV Criminalisation (Hosted by HIV JUSTICE WORLDWIDE) – RSVP here
Location: De Balie, Kleine Gartmanplantsoen 10


Tuesday, July 24

11:00 to 12:30
Oral Abstract Session: The defence does not rest: Resisting the criminalization of HIV
Location: Emerald Room

  • Step by step: Ending unjust HIV criminalization in Canada through community advocacy based on science and rights (Richard Elliott)

11:00 to 12:30

Science Workshop: Handle with care: How to document human rights violations among the most vulnerable groups of key populations
Location: G102-103

  • Co-facilitators: Mikhail Golichenko, Daria Matyshina-Ocheret

12:30 to 14:30

Poster Exhibition
Location: Poster Exhibition Area

  • Intimate conviction: The role of churches in the (de)criminalization of sodomy (Sandra Ka Hon Chu)
  • Long overdue: HIV-related discrimination in immigration and the need to repeal the “excessive demand” regime (Sandra Ka Hon Chu)


Wednesday, July 25

11:00 to 12:30
Oral Abstract Session: “Justice on the margins: Legal strategies to address barriers to HIV services”
Location: Hall 11B

  • Co-chairs: Richard Elliott, Annabel Raw

12:30 to 14:30
Poster Exhibition
Location: Poster Exhibition Area

  • Harm reduction friend or foe? Correctional officers and prison-based needle and syringe programs (Sandra Ka Hon Chu)

14:30 to 15:15
Press Conference: HIV Criminalization: Expert Statement
Hosts: IAS
Location: Press Conference Room 2 (Room G109)


Thursday, July 26

10:30 to 11:30
Film Screening: Advocacy in Action: Charting the Future of Canada’s Drug Policy (Sandra Ka Hon Chu)
Location: Canada Pavilion, Hall 1

12:30 to 14:30
Poster Exhibition
Location: Poster Exhibition Area

  • Scaling up harm reduction, but too slowly: Removing legal barriers to supervised consumption services in Canada

13:00 to 14:00
Panel Discussion: The future is female: Women’s leadership in HIV criminalization research and activism (Cécile Kazatchine, Jessica Whitbread)
Location: Youth Pavilion Session Room, Global Village

14:30 to 16:00

Oral Abstract Session: Community system strengthening = Sustainable HIV response
Location: Hall 10

  • Monitoring and evaluating technical assistance to key populations and HIV projects in Russia: Removing legal barriers and community systems strengthening (Richard Elliott)

18:00 to 19:30
Workshop: Fighting Discriminatory HIV Laws: Practical skills for documenting, monitoring, reporting, and organizing to end HIV criminalisation
Location: Global Village Session Room 2 (Stéphanie Claivaz-Loranger, Cécile Kazatchkine)

21:30 to 4:00 (next morning)
Event: No Pants, No Problem: Sex Work is Work Edition
Proceeds to benefit the Global Network of Sex Work Projects and the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network
Location: De Marktkantine, Jan van Galenstraat 6
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Friday, July 27

10:30 to 11:30
Video screening and discussion: HIV Criminalization in Canada: Where do we stand? (Sandra Ka Hon Chu)
Location: Canada Pavilion, Hall 1