Ngaire Naffine is a Professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Adelaide. She is visiting Osgoode from September 17 to October 12 under the aegis of the Genest Global Visitor fund. An innovative contributor to debates in jurisprudence, feminist legal theory, criminology, criminal law, and medical law, Professor Naffine is the author of, most recently, Law’s Meaning of Life: Philosophy, Religion, Darwin and the Legal Person (Hart 2009). See here for her faculty webpage and here for a couple of papers available on SSRN. Here’s her listing in the Yorku Libraries catalogue. She’s delivering at least two public lectures during her stay. The first is Monday, September 24, 2012, 12:30pm-2pm, Room 2027, and is jointly sponsored by the Institute for Feminist Legal Studies and the Osgoode Colloquim on Law, Religion & Social Thought.
The Legal Person After the Sexual Revolution
Criminal Law, the Family and the Church have worked together as a mutually reinforcing economy, keeping the married woman in her place. All three institutions have prescribed rules for intimate married life, conferring authority on the husband, never the wife. But times are changing. The traditional marital rights of men have been formally curtailed, husbands can be charged with the rape of their wives and the married woman now has at least formal powers to refuse sexual access. The family has loosened its form and the power of the Church over intimate sexual matters has diminished. What are the effects of this modernisaton of the lives of married women and men on the character of the criminal legal person. Are they his undoing?
Lunch will be served, so please RSVP at http://www.osgoode.yorku.ca/research/rsvp and enter Event Code: LRST3
Professor Naffine’s second lecture will be on October 1, at 1230-2 in room 1003. It is entitled “The Gorilla in our Midst: Inattentional Blindness to Sanctioned Brutality in Criminal Law”,If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students are welcome at both events.