UCL Faculty of Laws


Online | Consent to Sex, Deception and R v. Lawrance

11 August 2020, 5:00 pm–6:30 pm

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A UCL Centre for Criminal Law event

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About this Event

In R v Lawrance [2020] EWCA Crim 971, V consented to unprotected sex with D on D’s express assurance that he’d had a vasectomy, and so could not make V pregnant. D had lied. Yet, in its judgment handed down on 23 July 2020, the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) held that D’s lie did not vitiate V’s consent to sex, and that D could not be convicted of rape.

In this virtual event, commentators representing a diversity of views and expertise offer their opinions on the merits of the CACD’s judgment, the state of the law relating to the effect of deceptions on consent to sex, and the way in which they hope the law will develop.

Speakers include:

The event will be chaired by Prof. David Ormerod, QC (Hon), Professor of Criminal Justice at UCL, former Law Commissioner for England and Wales

Watch the video of this event below OR from our Youtube channel at https://youtu.be/TBR3jlWR69Y

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