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International Sex Workers’ Rights Day

Posted on: 2 March 2021 | Category: Blog

Gemma Ahearne providing a tour around dance clubs

What is so special about the 3rd of March? Well it happens to be International Sex Workers’ Rights Day (and my birthday). It also marks 19 years of my own involvement with the sex industry.

Petconsent February 2021 blog - Research on consultations involving euthanasia

Posted on: 26 February 2021 | Category: Blog

Black and white photo of a cat by Daniil Smirnov on Unsplash

This month, Carol Gray’s Petconsent blog takes a slight detour from shared decision-making between vets and clients in general consultations to explore end-of-life conversations. Carol received funding from the BVA Animal Welfare Foundation for a short research project on consultations involving euthanasia.

Wrong Target for the Parliamentary Inquiry on Fair Business Banking

Posted on: 25 February 2021 | Category: Blog

Canary Wharf by Alex Tai on UnSplash

In looking at the impacts of both Brexit and the current pandemic on businesses, insolvency issues are at the fore for many. With this in mind, the All Party Parliamentary Group on Fair Business Banking have recently launched an inquiry into the relationship between banks and insolvency practitioners. In this blog, John Tribe, a Senior Lecturer in the School of Law, argues that they should re-focus their inquiry and instead focus their investigations on the corrosive dominance of secured creditors in insolvency.

World Day of Social Justice 2021

Posted on: 19 February 2021 | Category: Blog

Saturday 20th February 2021 is the UN’s World Day of Social Justice, and this year’s focus is on the Digital Economy and relating social justice issues.

Pride in Sociology

Posted on: 11 February 2021 | Category: Blog

In connection with LGBT+ History Month, Dr Mike Homfray from the Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology has arranged a showing of the film Pride, together with a guest speaker, Paul Fairweather, who has been involved with a range of LGBT+ activism in Manchester for a number of years.

Privy Council Hearings on Same-Sex Marriage in Bermuda and the Cayman Islands

Posted on: 5 February 2021 | Category: Blog

This LGBT history month, the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council (JCPC) is hearing two historic cases relating to same-sex marriage from the British Overseas Territories of Bermuda (Attorney General for Bermuda v. Ferguson and Others, JCPC 2019/0077, 3rd and 4th February) and the Cayman Islands (Day and Another v. The Government of the Cayman Islands and Another, JCPC 2020/0033, 23rd and 24th February). While both cases involve same-sex marriage, these cases are fundamentally different in terms of the constitutional provisions they are based on and the legal context in which they arise.

Petconsent January 2021 blog - Petconsent launches Veterinary Humanities UK special interest group

Posted on: 29 January 2021 | Category: Blog

A typewriter with the word 'sharing' typed out. Unsplash photo by Markus Winkler

An exciting development for Carol Gray's Petconsent project has been the launch of the new Veterinary Humanities UK special interest group. This is a new initiative by Alison Skipper (a PhD scholar at KCL researching dog history) and Carol; it’s an attempt to create a community of researchers who look at veterinary topics from a humanities/social sciences basis.

Petconsent December 2020 blog - Do vets and pet owners want to share decision-making?

Posted on: 18 December 2020 | Category: Blog

Carol Gray's workshop powerpoint slide asking 'Do vets and clients want to share decision-making?'

This month, Carol Gray's Petconsent project looks at shared or collaborative decision-making. Our final blog of 2020 looks back at the end-of-project workshop that took place on 8th December 2020. Thirteen participants, including vets, vet nurses and animal owners, spent an afternoon on-line discussing shared decision-making in the vet clinic.

A Rapprochement between the Universality of Human Rights and Cultural Relativism

Posted on: 10 December 2020 | Category: Blog

Multicoloured hands in the air - Human Rights symbol

On International Human Rights Day, let us remind ourselves that “all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights”. This fundamental statement implies the key principle of the universality of human rights. Despite the incredible importance of the universality of human rights, this principle has been criticised by cultural relativists who argue that human rights, as set forth in international human rights documents, emanate from Western cultural values and therefore are not universally valid. They hold that every culture includes different beliefs, values, norms and practices which are all valid and should be respected. They argue that those norms and practices considered wrong in some cultural contexts are justified in others.

Petconsent November 2020 blog - Research in Pet Patients

Posted on: 30 November 2020 | Category: Blog

A patient being injected with a vaccination

This month’s Petconsent blog looks at research in pet patients. There’s been a lot of news coverage of the volunteers who helped to test the three COVID vaccines that are being developed. People who put themselves forward as ‘guinea pigs’ for testing these new vaccines have been hailed as heroes. Each one of them took a risk. I’m sure they went through a very lengthy consent process, where a researcher talked them through all the possible risks of being injected with a vaccine that had undergone safety tests in the lab before being produced for use in volunteers.

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    International Sex Workers’ Rights Day

    Posted on: 2 March 2021 | Category: Blog

    Gemma Ahearne providing a tour around dance clubs

    What is so special about the 3rd of March? Well it happens to be International Sex Workers’ Rights Day (and my birthday). It also marks 19 years of my own involvement with the sex industry.

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