Rethinking Justice: 7th Symposium on HIV, Law and Human Rights


Symposium on HIV, Law and Human Rights
Chelsea Hotel, 33 Gerrard St. W., Toronto
Thursday, June 15, 2017, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

This year’s Symposium is devoted to a critical look at the unjust criminalization of HIV non-disclosure.

Register here for the Symposium. The following registration fees apply:

  • General admission: $75
  • Legal Network members: $50
  • Students, low-income and persons living with HIV or AIDS: $25*

*Please note that, if necessary, you can request a full waiver of this reduced fee by contacting the Legal Network office.

If you have questions about the Symposium, please contact info@aidslaw.ca.

AGENDA

9:00 – 9:10 a.m.
Welcome and territorial acknowledgement
Trevor Stratton, Coordinator, International Indigenous Working Group on HIV & AIDS at the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network

9:10 – 9:20 a.m.
Overview of the day
Richard Elliott, Executive Director, Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network

A. THE STATE OF HIV CRIMINALIZATION

9:20 – 9:40 a.m.
Testimonies of PLHIV: What it means to live through HIV criminalization
(audio installation)
Panel of PLHIV

9:40 – 10:10 a.m.
Policy-makers’ response to HIV criminalization
Speaker TBD
Q&A to follow

PANEL 1: Criminalization in Canada and Internationally

10:10 – 10:25 a.m.
HIV criminalization: A global overview
Edwin J. Bernard, Global Co-ordinator, HIV Justice Network

10:25 – 10:40 a.m.
Current state of HIV criminalization: Canada
Amy Wah, Staff Lawyer, HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario (HALCO)

10:40 – 11:00 a.m.
Q&A

11:00 – 11:15 a.m.
BREAK

PANEL 2: The Science and its Interaction with the Law

11:15 – 11:30 a.m.
Role of scientific expert evidence in avoiding wrongful convictions
Megan Longley, criminal defence lawyer and counsel in R. v. JTC (NSSC, 2013)

11:30 – 11:45 a.m.
Phylogenetic forensic science and implications for HIV criminalization
Art Poon, Assistant Professor, Western University

11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Q&A

12:00 – 12:45 p.m.
LUNCH

B. ENDING THE UNJUST CRIMINALIZATION OF HIV NON-DISCLOSURE

12:45 – 1:00 p.m.
Advocacy update: Campaign for prosecutorial guidelines
Glenn Betteridge, Staff Lawyer, HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario (HALCO)

1:00 – 1:15 p.m.
Critical feminist approaches to HIV criminalization and the law of sexual assault
Notisha Massaquoi, Executive Director, Women’s Health in Women’s Hands Community Health Centre

1:15 – 1:30 p.m.
Criminal Code amendments as a strategy to limit unjust HIV criminalization: Pros and cons
Richard Elliott, Executive Director, Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network

1:30 – 2:00 p.m.
Q&A

2:00 – 2:15 p.m.
BREAK

2:15 – 2:25 p.m.
Forging a community consensus: Identifying elements of a consensus statement
Ryan Peck, Co-Chair, Ontario Working Group on Criminal Law and HIV Exposure (CLHE)

2:25 – 3:15 p.m.
Forging a community consensus: Small group exercise
Tim McCaskell, Founding Member, AIDS Action Now!
Valérie Pierre-Pierre, Director, African and Caribbean Council on HIV/AIDS in Ontario (ACCHO)

3:15 – 3:45 p.m.
Facilitated discussion in plenary
Tim McCaskell, Founding Member, AIDS Action Now!
Valérie Pierre-Pierre, Director, African and Caribbean Council on HIV/AIDS in Ontario (ACCHO)

3:45 – 4:00 p.m.
Conclusion and next steps
Richard Elliott, Executive Director, Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network

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