Peter A Allard School of Law

Constitutional Right to Sexual Autonomy

Description of Event

Transgender people, same-sex marriage, prostitution, rape (sexual intercourse without consent), mandatory sterilization, denial of access to Medically Assisted Reproduction (MAR), denial of accepting the legal status of parent to newborn child, contraception and abortion. These issues have become such a huge social issue in Japan as well as in many countries in the world. They call for radical reconsideration of sex, sexuality and the Constitution. Moreover, Japan is facing a rapid aging and serious population decline triggered by the extremely low birthrate and the Japanese government is trying to promote marriage and childbirth, with no meaningful success. How should we respond to these urgent serious challenges?

This lecture is co-hosted by the Centre for Feminist Legal Studies and the Centre for Asian Legal Studies at Allard Law.

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Shigenori Matsui

Professor Shigenori Matsui joined the Allard School of Law in January 2006 as Director of Japanese Legal Studies. Professor Matsui comes to UBC from Osaka University Law School where he worked as associate professor from April 1983 to March 1994; and as full professor from April 1994 to December 2005. He worked for Osaka University, Faculty of Law, until he joined the newly established law school in 2004.



  • Centre for Asian Legal Studies
  • Centre for Feminist Legal Studies
  • Research
  • All Students
  • Faculty
  • Graduate Students
  • Staff
  • Research Talks
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