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The Regulation of Prostitution as a Challenge for the Criminal Law

Speaker: Alessandro Corda, Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) and the Director of the Institute of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Queen’s University Belfast School of Law

Moderator: Stephen Minas, Professor of Law, Peking University School of Transnational Law

Date & Time: February 26, 2024 (Monday), 7:00 PM (Beijing Time)

Location (In-Person Presentation): STL 301

Language: English

Abstract: This lecture will critically examine the challenges inherent in the regulation of prostitution through the lens of the criminal law. We will explore a spectrum of regulatory models, including full criminalization and partial approaches like the so-called “Nordic Model”, aiming to provide a balanced understanding of the legal complexities surrounding sex work. The lecture will delve into the rationales and implications of different regulatory frameworks. By considering social, ethical, and human rights dimensions, the discussion will shed light on the ongoing debate surrounding the different available options to regulate sex work. The talk will encourage an open and thoughtful exploration of the complexities surrounding the intersection of criminal law and prostitution regulation, shedding light on the complexities faced by scholars, lawmakers, and reform advocates.

Short Bio: Dr Alessandro Corda is Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) and the Director of the Institute of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Queen’s University Belfast School of Law. Before joining Queen’s, he served as Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Comparative and Cross-National Justice System Studies at the University of Minnesota Law School. Previously, he held positions as a Research Scholar at NYU School of Law and as a Visiting Research Fellow at Yale Law School. His primary research interests include criminal law, criminal justice policy, and comparative law. In recent years, he has been invited as a Visiting Professor at Pompeu Fabra University School of Law and at the University of Milan School of Law. His scholarly work has been published in leading edited collections and academic journals, including Law & Social Inquiry, the British Journal of Criminology, Studies in Law, Politics, and Society, Crime and Justice, and the New Criminal Law Review.

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