PTTP Presents: Legal Is Not Always Right: Sex Workers and the Claim for Grassroots Legislation in Cordoba-Argentina
Tuesday, April 29th, 2014 at 2:00 pm, Room 4034
Marisa N. Fassi
Should sex work be regulated? Abolitionist and prohibitionist perspectives relegate sex work to secrecy thereby re-enforcing sex workers’ vulnerabilities. Reglamentarist and labour legality models propose a state law for the activity; however, the way those norms are constructed show us that legality does not necessarily mean more protection for sex workers.
In this session we will discuss the experience of organized women sex workers in Córdoba-Argentina. In this particular experience, comparative law was used as a starting point to facilitate legal debates among sex workers in their struggle to design and promote grassroots legislation as an alternative contextualized approach that can prevent violence, vulnerability and exploitation.
Marisa N. Fassi is a third year PhD Candidate for the International Programme in Law and Society ‘Renato Treves’ of the Unviersità Degli Studi di Milano, Italy. Her research project aims at exploring socio-legal dynamics of power and resistance of groups who are on the margins of law, it focuses particularly on sex workers and cardboard pickers in the city of Córdoba-Argentina. Marisa has her first degree in Law from the National University of Córdoba-Argentina, and an M.A in the Sociology of Law from the International Institute of Sociology of Law- Oñati, Spain. Her main interests and publications are related to sex work, waste picking, law and resistance in everyday life and socio-legal theory and methods in general. Marisa will be visiting Osgoode from March 2014 to May 2014.
All are invited to attend. Refreshments will be served.