31st October 2019
The Tasmania Law Reform Institute in the Law Faculty has accepted a reference from the LGBTIQ community to undertake a reference on conversion therapy (also known as ‘reparative’ or ‘ex-gay’ therapy).
The practice has been described by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights as “unethical, unscientific and ineffective, and may be tantamount to torture”. In March 2018, Fairfax Media revealed that conversion practices remain prevalent in Australia, hidden in clinical settings, faith-based counselling, and online courses.¹ The practice continues to be undertaken surreptitiously in Tasmania, highlighting the need for a legal response.
This project proposes to examine existing laws in Tasmania and elsewhere to determine what legislative measures can be implemented to prevent conversion therapy from being conducted in Tasmania, particularly in relation to minors. In order to understand the prevalence of conversion therapy in Tasmania, the harm caused by the practice, and potential reforms, the project will involve extensive consultation with the medical profession, medical and psychology organisations, faith groups, and the Tasmanian community, with a focus on the LGBTIQ community. Expected outputs include:
The Institute invites a LLM student to conduct a study, under supervision of the Director of the Institute. The study will outline:
This work can be used as the basis of the community consultation a Final Report for the Government and/or as the basis for an LLM Thesis.
The following eligibility criteria apply to this scholarship:
Candidates from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Knowledge and skills that will be ranked highly include:
Qualitative research methods, particularly in depth interviewing and community engagement
Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor.
Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.
Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.
Please contact Associate Professor Terese Henning for more information.