Model Law – Prohibiting Conversion Practices

41 Pages Posted: 14 Jun 2019 Last revised: 24 Nov 2019

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Florence Ashley

McGill University, Faculty of Law, Students

Date Written: May 28, 2019


This paper proposes a detailed and annotated model law on prohibiting conversion practices. Conversion practices, also known as conversion or reparative therapy, attempt to alter people’s gender identities or sexual orientation and/or make them cisgender and/or heterosexual. The proposed model law seeks to improve upon existing legislation, which is insufficiently specific. The paper includes details annotations explaining the rationale for including each provision of the model law and wording them in this manner.

Keywords: conversion therapy, health law, professional liability, professional regulation, LGBT rights, human rights, gay, transgender

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Ashley, Florence, Model Law – Prohibiting Conversion Practices (May 28, 2019). Available at SSRN: or

Florence Ashley (Contact Author)

McGill University, Faculty of Law, Students ( email )

Montréal, Quebec

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