Projeto de Tese de Doutoramento

Pornography   in   the   European   Union:   problematizing   theuse   of   adult   pornography   in the   context   of   European   Union   Law   and   InternationalHuman   Rights 

Programa de Doutoramento: Direito, Justiça e Cidadania no Século XXI

This PhD dissertation will problematize the use of adult pornography in the context of International Human Rights and European Union Law.               

It will analyze the issue of adult pornography within             the context of European Parliament Resolution of the 12th of March 2013 on eliminating gender stereotypes in the EU          (2012/2116(INI)). 

This Resolution refers that pornography's new cultural status affects young men and women the most,and that the so called "mainstreamingofpornography" is manifesting itself particularly   clearly within youth culture, for example, in teenage television, lifestyle magazines, or music videos and commercials which target youth.

A primarily legal analysis will be carried out, but it will also involve a sociological perspective, to attempt to give the reader a more comprehensive   view   of   the   issues   at   stake.     The Resolution is based on a body of laws, recommendations, conventions and other resolutions,which will also be analyzed in an effort to identify gaps in its construction.

As there is also a connection between pornography, the media and pop culture, both across Europe and globally, the Resolution will be analyzed within the context of the human rights cultural     system,   and   within   the   context   of   the   movement which fights  violence   against   women.    

In its conclusion, this thesis will consider issues around the need for further regulation on pornography, or lack thereof.

The hypothetical legal implications of regulating adult           pornography   will   also   be   raised.    After a careful analysis of international and national literature on pornography, and reflecting on the issues at stake, one can verify that the most recent studies and legal instruments are     still very inconclusive on the best way to tackle the problems arising from the different scenarios described in the EU Regional Instruments and Huma Rights Instruments.                        Therefore, for the purpose of the characterization and possible categorization of porn viewers,interviews and anonymous inquiries will be carried out, as the need may also arise to subcategorize different types of pornography in more than just violent and nonviolent.

Thus, this research will integrate diversified facets, with legal and sociological perspectives, not only from an international perspective, but also including examples of national perspectives on adult pornography.