UWE debate to focus on legalisation of prostitution

Issue date: 16 March 2012


A debate organised by the Women Law Students Forum at UWE Bristol will feature Julie Bindel, a renowned feminist freelance journalist who will argue against the legalisation and decriminalisation of prostitution and Jean Johnson, a WI Representative campaigning for the legalisation of brothels in the UK. The debate will take place at the Frenchay Campus of UWE at 16:30 on Monday 2 April 2012.

Julie Bindel writes for the Guardian, Standpoint, G3, the Sunday Telegraph and FT Magazine. She is staunchly against the legalisation and decriminalisation of prostitution. http://www.juliebindel.com

Jean Johnson is a WI Representative campaigning for the legalisation of brothels within the UK. She has featured in a Channel 4 documentary A WI Lady's Guide to Brothels http://www.channel4.com/programmes/a-wi-ladys-guide-to-brothels/4od

The debate is chaired by Sophie Engel in conjunction with the Family, Gender and Equality Research Unit and the Centre for Legal Research at Bristol Law School, UWE Bristol.

The debate focuses on the controversial theme of prostitution and its potential legalisation and/or decriminalisation. Both speakers have extensive knowledge and understanding of the issues.

Sophie Engel, a law student who will chair the debate said, “The question of what to do about the regulation of prostitution is important to our local community. This event will allow students and members of the community to participate in the ongoing discussion with two well-known activists.”

Dr Rachel Fenton, Senior Lecturer in Law, at Bristol Law School, UWE, said, “This is an important debate on a significant contemporary issue. The event is organised and led by students and demonstrates the students' willingness to engage with difficult controversial issues in a thoughtful way.”

The debate will be relevant to students studying law, criminology or psychology; those working in relevant organisations; police and probation, and anyone interested in the subject. The debate is open to members of the public.

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Editor's notes

The debate will take place in Room 3C01, Frenchay Campus, UWE at 16:30 on Monday 2 April 2012.

The Women Law Students Forum

The WLSF led by Dr Rachel Fenton aims to promote the development of a vibrant student body, alert to important issues of equality, diversity and inclusivity in the Law School, the broader community and society as a whole. The WLSF is affiliated to the Family, Gender and Equality Research Unit and the Centre for Legal Research at Bristol Law School, UWE.

This event is one of a series of events organised by the Women Law Students Forum in conjunction with the Family, Gender and Equality Unit.

For more information please contact sophieengel@live.com

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