June marks the 30th anniversary of the first reports by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control of what eventually came to be known as AIDS. Though we know a great deal about what is needed to prevent the further spread of the virus, to ensure adequate care and treatment for people with HIV and to mitigate the social and economic impact of the epidemic, still too often such evidence and experience do not translate into sound public policy. 

The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network marks this anniversary with it's 3rd Symposium on HIV, law and human rights: "Litigating for change".

Policy-makers, legal professionals, health researchers, students, activists, community organisations and people living with HIV or from communities particularly affected by HIV will gather at this year’s Symposium on HIV, Law and Human Rights to explore two related themes:

  • how the use of the courts has influenced and is currently influencing, HIV-related law and policy in Canada; and
  • how communities can engage with or organise around litigation as a strategy for advancing human rights of people living with or vulnerable to HIV.

Two days of skills-building workshops and panel discussions will provide delegates with an opportunity to learn about HIV-related legal and human rights issues, learn skills to advance human rights in the response to HIV, and develop new partnerships and alliances.

For more information on this event, please click here.