Tracy Robinson, Senior Lecturer, The University of the West Indies, at Mona and former Commissioner, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.
The Rutgers Center for Gender, Sexuality, Law and Policy, in partnership with the Transnational Legal Initiative, welcomes Tracy Robinson, Senior Lecturer, The University of the West Indies, at Mona, for a lunchtime lecture titled “Criminalized Sex in the Anglo-Caribbean: Loved Law.”
As acceptance of sexual and gender diversity has become a benchmark for enlightenment and progress, the Anglo-Caribbean—as well as former colonies of Britain in Africa and Asia—is now apprehended and cognizable through its strong resistance to decriminalizing consensual same-sex sex. Intriguingly, the polarized debates about the meaning and scope of human rights center not only law’s regulatory force but its affective power, as the work, identity and positions of actors at both ends of the disputation in the common law world take shape in part through an ‘affected politics’ of love for law, and particularly the common law. Exploring how divergent politics share related frames do not make them suddenly resolvable, but it can contribute to a better understanding of what is at stake in the polarized debates about sexuality in some parts of the world.