“The collaboration came together rather flawlessly. Both of us found that the opportunity to learn about development’s in another countries’ criminal legal system will be particularly beneficial to the development of our respective PhD projects. It was incredibly engaging to work across institutions, as hearing about new departmental projects and approaches across different Universities was very beneficial. The project opened a realm of new ideas and possibilities for future collaborative efforts in addition to networking. We plan to continue our collaboration and discuss new opportunities to develop our work.”
About the collaboration:
This collaboration was carried out between Alexandra Carina Grolimund, a PhD candidate in the School of Law at the University of Essex, and Monique Lundh, a PhD candidate in the School of Law at Maastricht University. Legislative approaches post-#MeToo see policy-makers grapple with sexual consent. The comparative analysis of the two countries, England and Netherlands, aims to explore these legislative developments, raising and answering questions such as what sexual consent is within the meaning of Dutch and English/Welsh criminal law, and explores differences between legal and manifold (sub-)cultural understandings of this concept. The comparison considers: the definition of consent, sexual autonomy, victimisation, and activism/campaigns.
About Alexandra Carina Grolimund:
Alexandra is a doctoral student jointly supervised by the School of Law and School of Philosophy and Art History of the University of Essex. Her PhD research considers the unexplored socio-cultural legacy of Operation Spanner, paying heed to its widely cited legal implications and appearance before the European Court of Human Rights. This oral history project concerns itself with the problematic balancing of bodily autonomy and public policy, as it is expressed in activist conceptions of consensual harm. It examines historical sentiment and temporal trajectory of thought surrounding SM sex and body modification in particular. In addition to completing her PhD, Alexandra is also a Research Officer for the project ‘Holding Hands: Experiences of Shame, Pride and Protest among LGBTQ Relationship Partners’. The project explores the experiences of shame, pride or protest amongst LGBTQ partners around ‘holding hands’ in public. Alexandra previously studied at the London School of Economics, earning her MSc in Human Rights. She is a member of the Doctoral Affiliates Network.