The Tasmanian Law Reform Institute (TLRI) today released Final Report No 17 on the legal framework in Tasmania which governs the practice of non-therapeutic male circumcision.
The report, Non-Therapeutic Male Circumcision, gives background on the issue of male circumcision, examines the current law in Tasmania and other international jurisdictions and offers recommendations for reform of the law.
The TLRI produced an issues paper entitled Non-Therapeutic Male Circumcision in 2009 seeking public views on the merits of the current legal framework.
Professor Kate Warner, Director of the TLRI, said the paper generated much interest and 126 submissions were received not only from Tasmania and other Australian states but from international respondents as well.
"Analysis of the legal position reveals that the law is uncertain as to whether non-therapeutic infant male circumcision is lawful," Prof Warner said.
"In the interests of certainty the Institute recommends that the law be clarified."
The report makes a series of recommendations. These include:
The report is available on the Institute's webpage.
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21 August, 2012