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Law, Women, Children, and HIV/AIDS - Moving from Theory to Practice: a case study of Uganda

The UCLA School of Law and the UCLA Center for the Study of Women present Jenny Kuper, London School of Economics and Political Science.

Monday, April 23, 2007
12:15 PM - 1:30 PM
1430 Law School Bldg.
UCLA Law School
Los Angeles, CA 90095

This talk will discuss the process of bridging the gap between legal theory and practice, using law creatively to implement policy change.  In this case the body of law that will be examined is international human rights law, especially as it applies to women and children--and the practical context is the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Uganda up to about 2004.  Among other things, this topic explores the tension between international legal norms and local realities, and the intense debate within Uganda on this issue.

Jenny Kuper has worked for many years as a lawyer concerned with issues involving young people. Initially qualified as a UK solicitor/advocate, she worked primarily for the Children’s Legal Centre, a national UK child advocacy organisation. She then moved into international law, obtaining a PhD (King’s College, London, 1996) for her work on children in armed conflict, which was later published as International Law Concerning Child Civilians in Armed Conflict (OUP, 1997). A second book, Military Training and Children in Armed Conflict: Law, Policy and Practice (Martinus Nijhoff, Leiden, 2005), was published by Martinus Nijhoff in March 2005. She has also written numerous shorter articles and book chapters on law and young people. Since 1999 Jenny Kuper has been a Research Fellow at LSE. In that capacity she has completed a major research project on the role of law in addressing the HIV/AIDS epidemic, as well as doing other writing and teaching. More recently she worked on law reform for UNICEF in Nepal, and is currently part of a European Union Study Group on Human Security, among other projects.

Co-sponsored by Women's Studies Program and School of Law Program in Public Interest Law and Policy

Cost : Free and open to the public; parking is available for $8.

UCLA Center for the Study of Women310-825-0590

Sponsor(s): , UCLA Law, Gender Studies, Department of Gender Studies, School of Law Program in Public Interest Law and Policy.

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