Presentations

2014

Steven Svoboda and Peter Adler Submit Abstracts for 2014 Boulder Symposium on Genital Autonomy and Children's Rights » 1/20/2014
Attorneys for the Rights of the Child (ARC) Legal Advisor Peter Adler and ARC Executive Director Steven Svoboda have each submitted an abstract for presentation at the 2014 symposium, to be held in Boulder, Colorado from July 24-26, 2014.  The symposium is entitled Genital Autonomy 2014: Whole...

2013

Charleston Debate Marks Turning Point in Movement to Recognize Circumcision as a Human Rights Violation » 11/14/2013
The Twentieth Pitts Lectureship in Medical Ethics at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, held on October 18-19, 2013, marked an awesome team win that activists for genital integrity were able to achieve when I debated Michael Brady, M.D. and effectively also...
Welcome to the New Era: Four Fatal Flaws in the German Law Legalizing Male Circumcision » 9/28/2013
Steven Svoboda's presentation at the 2013 Genital Autonomy Conference in Keele, UK, analyzes the 2012 Cologne court case holding that male circumcision violates human rights and the law and the German legislation attempting to overturn that court case. As suggested by the title, Steven...

2012

2011

Protecting All from Genital Cutting—Law, Human Rights, and Demedicalization » 9/1/2011
Steven Svoboda presenting his paper, "Protecting All from Genital Cutting—Law, Human Rights, and Demedicalization," at the 2011 Genital Autonomy Conference in Keele, England.

2009

Circumcision: Past, Present, Future » 4/26/2009
Annual Convention of the Association for Pre- and Perinatal Psychology and Health (APPPAH), Pacific Grove, California, April 26, 2009 (with Marilyn Milos).

2008

Three-Fourths Were Abnormal'-Misha's Case, Sick Societies, and the Law » 9/4/2008
Tenth International Symposium on Circumcision, Genital Integrity, and Human Rights, Keele, England, September 4, 2008.
Three-Fourths Were Abnormal'- Male Circumcision, Medicine, Culture and Law » 7/4/2008
Genital Cutting in a Globalized Age Interdisciplinary Conference, London, July 4, 2008.

2007

Moving into the 21st Century with Joy: Protecting Boys from Circumcision » 7/4/2007
Men's Equality Conference, Washington, DC, July 14, 2007.

2006

A Treatise from the Trenches: Why Are Circumcision Lawsuits so Hard to Win? » 8/26/2006
Ninth International Symposium on Circumcision, Genital Integrity, and Human Rights, Seattle, Washington, August 26, 2006.
Legal, Ethical, and Human Rights Concerns Relating to Circumcision » 8/1/2006
a presentation made with Dr. Mark David Reiss to pediatricians and other physicians at Kaiser in Sacramento, California.

2004

Legal Panel and Discussion, Genital Integrity and Gender Equity » 9/3/2004
Eighth International Symposium on Circumcision and Human Rights, Padua, Italy, September 3, 2004. We attended the biannual symposium held in Padua, Italy, presenting a talk on genital integrity and gender equity. In Padua, we also participated on a legal panel with several other attorneys including...

2003

Attorneys for the Rights of the Child » 4/3/2003
Genital Integrity Awareness Week , Washington, D.C., April 3, 2003.

2002

Educating the United Nations About Male Circumcision » 4/5/2002
Seventh International Symposium on Human Rights and Modern Society, Washington, DC, April 5, 2002.

2001

Oral Intervention with United Nations regarding Male Circumcision » 8/14/2001
Attorneys for the Rights of the Child. Report of the Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights on its fifty-third session—written statement submitted by the National Organization of Circumcision Information Resource Centers (NOCIRC), a non-governmental organization on the...
Written Statement to the United Nations » 8/9/2001
This document is now part of the official record of the United Nations, the only known United Nations document to affirm males' right to genital integrity (first link) : http://ap.ohchr.org/documents/alldocs.aspx?doc_id=7400   Submitted 9 August 2001
Circumcision as a Preventive for HIV: Reconciling Science, Ethics, and Human Rights » 7/26/2001
We received a substantial honorarium and were invited to Berlin for the Fourteenth Meeting of the ISSTDR, where on June 26, 2001 we presented "Circumcision as a Preventive for HIV: Reconciling Science, Ethics, and Human Rights."
Circumcision as a Preventive for HIV: Reconciling Science, Ethics, and Human Rights » 6/26/2001
"Circumcision as a Preventive for HIV: Reconciling Science, Ethics, and Human Rights," in panel entitled, "Circumcision and Violence," 14th Meeting of the International Society for Sexually Transmitted Diseases Research, Berlin, June 26, 2001.
Circumcision as a Preventive for HIV: Bad Science, Questionable Ethics, a Human Rights Violation » 3/31/2001
"Circumcision as a Preventive for HIV: Bad Science, Questionable Ethics, a Human Rights Violation," Genital Integrity: A New Awareness, Washington, D.C., March 31, 2001.

2000

Comparative Legal Analysis of Body Mutilation Practices on Children » 12/8/2000
Sixth International Symposium on Genital Integrity, Sydney, Australia, December 8, 2000.
Exciting New Developments at Attorneys for the Rights of the Child and Update on Legal Developments » 11/19/2000
"Exciting New Developments at Attorneys for the Rights of the Child and Update on Legal Developments," Port Antonio, Jamaica. ARC participated in the Fifth Gender Transition Movement Leaders' Conference, November 19, 2000, a week-long strategy meeting of leaders in various aspects of...
Rethinking Newborn Circumcision: What Physicians who Perform Them Think, and What Lawyers Want Them to Know » 9/26/2000
"Rethinking Newborn Circumcision: What Physicians who Perform Them Think, and What Lawyers Want Them to Know," with Dr. Chris Fletcher, St. Vincent Hospital, Santa Fe, New Mexico, September 26, 2000.
Male Circumcision: An Issue of Relevance to the Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Community » 9/10/2000
On September 10, 2000, Tim Hammond of NOHARMM, Tina Kimmel of NOCIRC-Berkeley, and J. Steven Svoboda made a presentation, "Male Circumcision: An Issue of Relevance to the Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Community," to the Gay-Lesbian-Bisexual-Transgender-Intersexual chapter of the American...

1999

Updated Report On The Work of Attorneys for the Rights of the Child » 11/27/1999
Fourth Jamaica Men's Movement Leaders' Conference, Fisherman's Cove, Jamaica, November 27, 1999.
Male Circumcision » 11/4/1999
On April 6, 1999, along with Tim Hammond and Leland Traiman, both of NOHARMM, and again on November 4, 1999, without any co-presenters, we gave very well-received 1.5-hour presentations regarding circumcision in a class on male sexuality at the University of California at Berkeley.
New York City Presentation » 8/10/1999
In August 1999, we travelled to New York City and gave two presentations on circumcision on August 5 and August 10, 1999. The first took place at Caravan of Dreams restaurant with Laurie Evans of NOCIRC of New York" Mid-Hudson Valley, and the second was sponsored by the Wetlands organization...
Where, Science, Ethics, and Human Rights Meet » 7/13/1999
Our presentation on July 13, 1999 in Denver before approximately 200 physicians at the Thirteenth Meeting of the International Society for Sexually Transmitted Diseases Research (ISSTDR) was well received. Our talk, entitled, "Where, Science, Ethics, and Human Rights Meet," concluded the...
National and International Laws Defending Children from Genital Mutilation » 4/16/1999
Chicago Conference - On April 16, 1999, we presented Friday's closing talk at the Chicago "Circumcision Update: Medical, Ethical and Legal Issues" conference organized by NOCIRC.

1998

Male Circumcision as Male Sexual Victimization--A Roundtable Discussion to Promote Re-Examination of Its Role in Our Lives and Healing from the Wounds » 9/25/1998
with Tim Hammond and Jim Bigelow, West Coast Retreat of the National Organization for Male Sexual Victimization, Watsonville, California, September 25, 1998.
Attaining International Acknowledgment of Male Genital Mutilation as a Human Rights Violation, and a Written Intervention » 8/6/1998
Fifth International Symposium on Sexual Mutilations, Oxford, England, August 6, 1998.

1997

The Work of Attorneys for the Rights of the Child » 11/24/1997
Second Jamaica Men's Movement Leaders' Conference, Fisherman's Cove, Jamaica, November 24, 1997.
Male Circumcision as Male Sexual Victimization--Learning to Effectively Protect and Treat Male Children » 9/19/1997
with Tim Hammond, at the Seventh Interdisciplinary Conference on Male Sexual Victimization, Orinda, California, September 19, 1997.

1996

Routine Infant Male Circumcision: Examining the Human Rights and Constitutional Issues » 8/10/1996
Fourth International Symposium on Sexual Mutilations, Lausanne, Switzerland, August 10, 1996.
Routine Infant Circumcision: Examining the Legal & Constitutional Issues » 3/7/1996
with Wayne Hampton, Tim Hammond, Marilyn Milos, Tom Morris, Miriam Pollack, and Leland Traiman. Student Center, Kendrick Hall, University of San Francisco, San Francisco, March 7, 1996.
Routine Infant Circumcision: Examining the Legal & Constitutional Issues » 2/22/1996
With Tim Hammond, Wayne Hampton, Martin N., and Leland Traiman. University of San Francisco Law School, San Francisco, February 22, 1996.