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Prof Matthew Weait: Keynote speaker, Festival of Postgraduate Research
Fri 19 May 2017, 14:00 – 15:30 BST
Matthew Weait’s academic background is in law, criminology, and socio-legal studies. He currently works at the University of Portsmouth and is Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. Previously he has worked at Oxford, Keele, The Open University, and at Birkbeck, University of London, where he was one of the founding members of the School of Law. He qualified as a Barrister, but does not practise.
His research interests lie in the fields of law, human rights and public health, specifically the impact of criminal laws and criminal justice enforcement practices on HIV prevention and on the lives both of people living with HIV, and of those who belong to key (or “at risk”) populations. He has published widely in this area, and has contributed to a number of international initiatives aimed at minimising the adverse impact of such laws and practices. These include the Global Commission on HIV and the Law (2012), a number of projects for the Joint UN Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS), and work with the Law Enforcement and HIV Network (LEAHN). He has a particular interest in public health and legal culture in the Nordic and Scandinavian countries.
He is a keen fiction writer and belongs to an active writing group.
Matthew will be speaking on the topic of deception- exploring, in particular, the ways in which the law constructs the "normal" body and disciplines the abnormal