April 29 - 30, 2016

Northeastern University School of Law, Dockser Hall

This workshop will seek to reflect upon the issues of reproductive rights, sexual health, and sexual violence through the lens of vulnerability as a way to advance discussion on related issues of social justice.

Organized by:
Aziza Ahmed, Associate Professor of Law, Northeastern University School of Law
Stu Marvel, Visiting Scholar, College of Social Sciences and Humanities, Northeastern University
Martha Fineman, Robert W. Woodruff Professor of Law, Emory Law

Questions? Contact Rachel Ezrol, [email protected]


Friday, April 29, 2016

4:00 - 6:00 PM

Beyond Rights? Locating Discourses of Reproductive Justice and Vulnerability 

  • Human Rights and the Contraceptive Imperative | Joanna Erdman(Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University, Halifax Nova Scotia)
  • The Intersection of Reproductive Justice and Human Rights | Rachel Rebouché (Beasley School of Law, Temple University) 
  •  Between Rights-Talk and Reproductive Justice: Abortion Law and the Search for a Common Ground | Noya Rimalt (Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Center for Gender, Law and Policy, University of Haifa)
  • From Rights to Dignity: Drawing Lessons from Aid in Dying and Reproductive Rights | Yvonne Lindgren (Indiana Tech Law School)
6:30 - 8:00 PM 


Saturday, April 30, 2016

8:30 - 9:00 AM


9:00 - 11:30 AM 

Tracking Contestation Around the Regulation of Intimacy 

  • Missed Turns on the Road from Maternalism to Individual Rights: The Lost Promise of Reproductive Justice | Deborah Dinner (Emory University School of Law)
  • A Vulnerability Theory Approach to Individual and Institutional Conscience Exemptions in the Reproductive Healthcare Setting | Sarah Stephens (Employment Counsel at Cox Automotive Inc.)
  • Comparative Vulnerability and (Equal) Protection from Discrimination: Framing (and Resolving) Conflicts Between Religious Liberty and Equality | Linda C. McClain (Boston University School of Law)
  • How Might a Foregrounding of the “Vulnerable Legal Subject,” Rather than our Present “Liberal Legal Subject,” Provoke Different Claims for Justice and Distribution in the Context of Reproductive Justice? The Case of Same-Sex Marriage and Substantive Equality | Moana Genevey(EU Delegation to the United Nations, Human Rights Adviser)
11:30 am - 12:30 pm 


12:30 - 2:30 pm

Pregnancy and Mothering Through a Vulnerability Lens

  • Going. Going. Gone Baby Gone! The Implications of Determining Parentage Following Gestational Surrogacy Arrangements in Domestic and Cross-Border Cases- Is There a Third Way between the Prohibition and Laissez-Fare Model? | Hayley Mulligan (National University of Ireland, Galway- PhD Fellow)
  • “Vulnerable Mothers?” The Medical and Social Monitoring of Motherhood in France | Diane Roman (University François Rabelais, Tours)
  • Obstetric Violence | Elizabeth Kukura (Beasley School of Law, Temple University)
2:45 - 4:45 pm

Resilient Frames: Injury, Victimhood and Criminalization

  • Bondage: Sex Work, Freedom, and Vulnerability | Michal Ben Noah(Brown University, Department of Political Science- PhD Candidate)
  • The Threat Lives On: How to Exclude Expectant Mothers from Prosecution for Mere Exposure to HIV to Their Fetuses and Infants |Shahabudeen Khan (Shepard Broad College of Law, Nova Southeastern University)
  • Prosecuting Desire, Protecting Innocence: The Legal Construction of Vulnerability in Child Sexual Abuse Cases | Jamie Small (University of Dayton, Department of Sociology)