Professor Alex Sharpe from Keele University, UK will present a public lecture on how the criminal law deals with issues of transgendered sexual intimacy and ‘fraud’ at the Queensland College of Art on September 4.

Presented by the Griffith Law School,Sexual Intimacy, Gender Variance & the Criminal Law’ will challenge the notion that non-disclosure of gender history to sexual partners prior to sexual intimacy is unethical.

Professor Sharpe will also test the legality and public policy interest in prosecuting transgender people on the basis of ‘fraud’ in these circumstances.

She will highlight inconsistency in judicial constructions of non-consent, contest the view that a right to sexual autonomy necessarily trumps other rights and highlight how gender history promotes transphobia/homophobia.

Professor Sharpe is the Director of Postgraduate Research (Law) and the Director of the Gender, Sexuality & Law LLM Programme at Keele University, UK.

Professor Sharpe’s primary research interests lie in the areas of Social and Legal Theory, Legal History, and Gender Sexuality and the Law. Her books include Foucalt’s Monsters and the Challenge of Law (London: Routledge, 2010), and Transgender Jurisprudence: Dysphoric Bodies of Law (London: Cavendish, 2002).

Her study of transgender and the law is the first book-length critical treatment of the subject area.

WHAT: Griffith Law School Public Lecture — Sexual Intimacy, Gender Variance and the Criminal Law
WHEN: Thursday September 4, 2014, 6pm-7pm
WHERE: Queensland College of Art Lecture Theatre, S05, 2.04 South Bank.