Last updated on: 1/23/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Elizabeth Gaze, LLM Biography

Title:
Co-director of Studies, Employment and Labour Relations Law at the University of Melbourne Law School
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Prostitution Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“Prostitutes are entitled to enjoy universal human rights. Because their legal status is complex, and compounded by international human-rights law, prostitutes are rarely in a situation where health protection or promotional activity could be expected to succeed….

Legally sanctioned encouragement of prostitutes to use condoms or access screening services, both major determinants of the prevalence of sexually transmitted diseases, is impossible because of their illegal status….

If it is possible to conceive that a person can enter prostitution voluntarily as the best of available options, then it is evident that there is a problem in international law. This problem contributes to the vulnerability of prostitutes to disease. It is therefore within the remit of health practitioners to advocate for a critical review of human-rights law.”

The Lancet, Nov. 18, 2000

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Co-director, Studies, Employment, and Labour Relations Law, University of Melbourne Law School
  • Professor, University of Melbourne Law School
  • Former Associate Professor, Law, University of Monash
  • Staff Member, Centre for Employment & Labour Relations Law, University of Melbourne
  • Member, Australian Institute of Administrative Law
  • Member, Council of Australian Tribunals
  • Member, Australian Labour Law Association
  • Member, Australian Lawyers for Human Rights
Education:
  • LLM, University of California at Berkeley
  • LLB, Monash University
  • BSc, University of Melbourne
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Would Legal Prostitution Decrease Sexually Transmitted Diseases?