Online misogyny – a challenge for (legal) regulation?

The University of Worcester School of Law warmly invites you to the next research seminar in our series:

Online misogyny – a challenge for (legal) regulation?

Wednesday 5 April 2017 1pm – 2pm
The Courtroom, School of Law, University of Worcester
Dr Olga Jurasz
Senior Lecturer in Law, Open University

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. These forms of discrimination now also include violence against women perpetrated by trolls through social media sites. But how are these gender-based abuses addressed by the law? 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. This paper will critically analyse the ‘harm’ inflicted through gender-based abuse online, before exploring potential solutions to such behaviours.

Dr Olga Jurasz is a senior lecturer at the Open University Law School. Her research focuses on international law, gender and post-conflict reconstruction, violence against women and women’s rights. Olga is also currently working on collaborative research project concerning gender, cyberviolence and law.

This event is free and all are welcome so please do forward on to colleagues, students and anyone who may be interested!

You can reserve a place at this event by contacting Janey Robins (

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