Symposium on the Legal Regulation & Policing of Commercial Sex

The Commercial Sex Research Network Ireland (CSRNI) is an all-Ireland interdisciplinary network for researchers critically engaged in the area of commercial sex and sex work in Ireland. Funded by the Irish Research Council under the New Foundations scheme, the network is being developed between in a three-way partnership between the University of Limerick, NUI Galway and the Schools’ of Law and Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work at Queen’s University, Belfast,

As part of the CSRNI the School of Law and the School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work at Queen’s University, Belfast will be hosting a symposium on commercial sex on March 3rd and 4th, 2016. This event is also sponsored by the British Society of Criminology (Northern Ireland) Regional Group. While the emphasis of the symposium is on developments that are occurring in Ireland (North and South) issues around commercial sex in other jurisdictions including Britain and Sweden / Norway will also be considered.  Topics to be discussed include:

  • The role of the digital economy in the buying and selling of sexual services;
  • The policing of commercial sex;
  • Legislative changes and the criminalisation of demand;
  • Feminist responses to commercial sex;
  • Comparative international and GB lessons relating to the regulation of commercial sex.

TIME AND VENUE:   Thursday 3rd March 1pm, The Great Hall, Lanyon Building

Friday, 4th March,  10am – Old Staff Common Room, Lanyon Building

To register please email Graham Ellison g.ellison@qub.ac.uk or Tanya Serisier t.serisier@qub.ac.uk.

See programme here.



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