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XIX International AIDS Conference 2012, Washington DC
Symposia Session - The Global Commission on HIV and the Law: A Movement for HIV Law Reform
24 July (2:30pm to 4:00pm EST)

Session Room 2

AIDS 2012Speakers include Congresswoman Barbara Lee (Commissioner), Shereen El Feki (Commissioner), Stephen Lewis (Commissioner), JVR Prasada Rao (Commissioner), and Mandeep Dhaliwal (UNDP). 

Thirty years since the discovery of HIV, we know more than ever about the approaches, tools and systems needed to deliver effective HIV responses. At the same time, there have been a range of legal responses in the context of HIV - some have hindered effective responses and some improved the effectiveness and efficiency of HIV responses. This session will highlight the research and policy dialogue undertaken by the Global Commission on HIV and the Law on issues of criminalization, discrimination and violence as experienced by women and HIV-related treatment access. The work of the Commission has thus shown how evidence and rights-based legal responses can transform the next generation of the AIDS response but also how punitive laws and practices have hindered effective responses to HIV. The session will also address the political dimensions of the Commission's recommendations as an essential ingredient for successfully using the law to scale-up effective HIV responses.

The session will be live webcast at the following link: http://globalhealth.kff.org/aids2012/?CFID=422577901&CFTOKEN=61046216&jsessionid=60301896eae1709fa97e3054605a71257327

Please see the programme below:

14:30

Introduction

14:35

Findings and recommendations of the Global Commission on HIV and the Law: criminalization of HIV
B. Lee, United States

14:45

Findings and recommendations of the Global Commission on HIV and the Law: violence and discrimination as experienced by women
S. El Feki, Canada

14:55

Findings and recommendations of the Global Commission on HIV and the Law: access to HIV-related treatment
S. Lewis, Canada

15:05

Findings and recommendations of the Global Commission on HIV and the Law: criminalization on the basis of drug use, sex work and sexual orientation
J. Rao, India

15:15

Progress and challenges in creating a movement for HIV law reform
M. Dhaliwal, United States

15:25

Questions and answers

15:55

Conclusion



For more information on the Global Commission on HIV and the Law, visit our website at www.hivlawcommission.org.
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