Professor Rosie Harding

“Intimacy and Intellectual Disability: Empirical reflections on capacity, sexuality and family law”

  Professor Rosie Harding

“Intimacy and Intellectual Disability: Empirical reflections on capacity, sexuality and family law”

 
Wednesday 12 February 2020 

5pm - 6:30pm

School of Law - Chancellors Building - Moot room - CBC2.028

 

Short Abstract:

This lecture will draw on interviews with disabled people to explore the multiple socio-legal dimensions of decision-making around intimate relationships and marriage by intellectually disabled people (here understood to include people with learning disabilities, acquired brain injuries and other cognitive impairments). After exploring the existing legal scholarship on intellectual disability and marriage (which has almost exclusively focused on questions around safeguarding vulnerable adults and capacity to marry), I will discuss the additional family law issues raised by respecting the family and personal lives of people with capacity impairments. Through exploring disabled people’s stories about relationships, engagement, marriage and divorce, I challenge the construction of disabled people as vulnerable subjects, to be protected by and through family law. I argue instead for accessible family law frameworks that allow disabled people to enjoy their intimate and relational lives, with a focus on support, rather than protection.

Biog: Professor Rosie Harding FAcSS is Chair in Law and Society, Birmingham Law School, University of Birmingham, UK and Chair of the Socio-Legal Studies Association. She won a Philip Leverhulme Prize for Law in 2017, and was a 2016/17 British Academy Mid-Career Fellow. Her research focuses on the place of law in everyday life, with a particular focus on the regulation and legal recognition of intimate and caring relationships. She is author of Duties to Care: Dementia, Relationality and Law (2017, Cambridge University Press) and Regulating Sexuality (2011, Routledge Social Justice, winner of the 2011 SLSA-Hart Book Prize and the 2011 SLSA-Hart Early Career Prize), and editor of Revaluing Care in Theory, Law and Politics: Cycles and Connections (2017, Routledge Social Justice), Ageing and Sexualities: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (2016, Ashgate), and Law and Sexuality (2016, Routledge Critical Concepts). She is editor of the Law, Society, Policy book series for Bristol University Press.

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Event date
Event Time
5:00PM
Location
Moot Room - CBC2.028
Organiser
Keele University
Contact email
law.office@keele.ac.uk
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