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Important new resource, SALC’s HIV Criminalisation Defence Case Compendium, published this week

February 15, 2018

An important new resource for lawyers defending clients and working on strategic litigation was published by the Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) this week. SALC is one of the newest members of HIV JUSTICE WORLDWIDE Steering Committee. The HIV Criminalisation … More

Research agenda into the public health impact of overly broad HIV criminalisation highlights five areas where researchers and advocates can collaborate

January 31, 2014

A newly published report suggests a number of concrete ways that research into the impact of overly broad HIV criminalisation on public health can move the policy agenda forward, and help reform laws and create better policies for people living … More

EATG seeks to ensure that Europe-wide standards of up-to-date scientific evidence limit overly broad HIV criminalisation

October 28, 2013

EATG’s new position paper on prosecutions for HIV non-disclosure, exposure and/or transmission published last week recommends that the criminal law should only be used in extremely rare and unusual cases where HIV is maliciously and intentionally transmitted and that Europe-wide … More

Video: Seminar on HIV Criminalisation, Berlin, 20 September 2012 (EATG/DAH/IPPF/HIV in Europe)

October 23, 2012

This international conference on the criminalisation of HIV non-disclosure, potential or perceived HIV exposure and non-intentional HIV transmission took place at the Rotes Rathaus in Berlin on 20th September 2012. HIV advocates, law and human rights experts and other concerned … More

Denmark: Man convicted in 2007 under now suspended law acquitted; further cases to be reviewed

August 8, 2012

A court in Denmark has acquitted a person living with HIV who had previously been found guilty under the country’s now-suspended HIV-specific criminal statute. The man’s sentence was reduced to six months, due to his conviction for other, drug-related, offences. … More

Denmark: Safer sex without a condom (editorial)

June 15, 2012

Below is an excellent editorial by Henriette Laursen, director of AIDS-Fondet, and Susan Cowan, staff specialist at Statens Serum Institut, on the current state of HIV science and how it should impact the Danish Government’s deliberations on whether or not … More

Important new research project on HIV criminalisation and law reform in Nordic countries by Prof. Matthew Weait

December 12, 2011

Following on from yesterday’s post on advocacy efforts underway in Sweden, other Nordic countries and Switzerland,  my friend and colleague, Matthew Weait, Professor of Law and Policy at Birkbeck College, University of London is about to undertake an important new … More

Punitive Economies: The Criminalization of HIV Transmission and Exposure in Europe

November 14, 2011

Last week, Professor Matthew Weait presented this excellent paper at The Future of European Prevention Among MSM Conference (FEMP 2011) in Stockholm, Sweden. I’ll also quote from the introduction here, but the entire paper is a must-read, and can be … More

Denmark: HIV to be removed from Article 252, but new statute wording may re-criminalise non-disclosure without “suitable protection”

November 10, 2011

Denmark’s new Minister of Justice Morten Bødskov is now taking formal steps to remove references to HIV from Article 252 of the Danish Penal Code which means that, for the time-being, HIV exposure and transmission is decriminalised. The news was … More

Denmark: HIV criminalisation exports stigma, writes Justice Edwin Cameron

June 14, 2011

Denmark’s leading broadsheet newspaper, Politiken, last week published an article by Justice Edwin Cameron of the South African Constitutional Court congratulating Denmarks’ recent suspension of its HIV-specific criminal statute, and asking that it considers abolishing it altogether – otherwise it … More

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