The Law Research Centre Journal Club presents: Online Misogyny - A Challenge for (Legal) Regulation?

Olga Jurasz (Senior Lecturer in Law at the Open University) and Dr Kim Barker present, as part of the Law School’s Law Journal events, a joint research-seminar.

Date: 13 April 2016

Time: 5pm

Venue: MU514, Lord Swraj Paul Building/Business School, Molineux Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 1SG

Cyberspace has traditionally been regarded as a lawless  environment – as  much  for  its  jurisdictional  difficulties,  as  for  its  lack  of  physical  nature. In the  last  10  years,  there  has  been  a  huge  increase in cybercrime,  and  recently,  cyber  stalking, cybersex  and  cyber-pornography have all become prevalent. However, such  environments  remain largely  unregulated. 

Gender  inequality,  racism,  and  other  forms  of  discrimination  are  perpetuated  in  modern society  and  the  criminal  justice  system.  Just  like  real  life,  cybercrime  includes  gender-based  crime,  especially gender violence, which primarily victimises women (or rather female characters and avatars). Cybercrimes are committed against female characters and avatars. But how does the system of ‘virtual justice’ address this intersection of law and popular culture and (if at all) these emerging issues? What is the place of human rights in  this  contemporary  debate?

This  paper  will  explore  the  critical  issues  of  gender-based  cybercrime  in  popular culture and media, assessing the progress made, and contemporary challenges to tackling such behaviours.

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