The Regional dialogue

The Regional Dialogue will take place on 3-4 August 2011, in Johannesburg, South Africa. In addition to giving voice to regional and country perspectives on issues of HIV and the law, the dialogue aims to contribute to regional efforts for creating enabling legal environments which support effective HIV responses. The forum will provide a unique opportunity for civil society to engage directly with government officials, law experts, United Nations representatives and members of the Global Commission to discuss gaps and opportunities for changes in the law, practices of law enforcement, issues with legal aid and access to redress.

The Commission looks forward to hearing from you if you have worked or presently work in Africa on the following issues:

  • Laws and practices that effectively criminalise people living with HIV and vulnerable to HIV;
  • Laws and practices that mitigate or sustain violence and discrimination as lived by women;
  • Laws and practices that facilitate or impede HIV-related treatment access; and
  • Issues of law and HIV pertaining to children.

Countries covered by this Call

You are invited to make a submission if your experience has been in a country within the African Union.

Submissions will be reviewed by a selection committee created by the United Nations and the Global Commission and a set of authors of submissions will be invited to Johannesburg to participate in the Regional dialogue, which will be conducted with simultaneous translation between English, French and Portuguese.

Please note that authors of selected submissions will have all of their travel and accommodation expenses covered.

How to Submit

Instructions on how to submit can be found in the Call for Submissions available in English, French and Portuguese.

The deadline for submissions is 10 June 2011.

Keep up-to-date with drug policy developments by subscribing to the IDPC Monthly Alert.