Copyright: Madeleine Söder.
Copyright: Madeleine Söder.

E-mail: max.waltman@statsvet.su.se

Max Waltman is a postdoctoral researcher and a visiting researcher/fellow at Harvard University, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs the academic year 2016–2017; and a visiting research at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) 2017-2018, Department of Political Science and Michigan Law School. He has published on the politics of legal challenges to sexual exploitation (prostitution/trafficking) and legal challenges to pornography and its association to gender-based violence and sex inequality. His scholarly work is comparative, centering on Canada, Sweden, the United States, and international law, and appears in Harvard Journal of Law & Gender, Political Research Quarterly, Michigan Journal of International Law, Women’s Studies International Forum, and Law & Inequality: A Journal of Theory and Practice. Waltman’s op-eds have been published in the New York Times, Toronto Star, in Swedish newspapers (e.g., DN, SvD, GP) and on various online news sites. He is also consulted by legislative bodies domestically and abroad, and works on policy initiatives with prostitution/trafficking survivors and feminist groups. Waltman has a PhD in political science from Stockholm University.

Articles in Peer-Reviewed and Law Review Journals

“Appraising the Impact of Toward a Feminist Theory of the State: Consciousness-Raising, Hierarchy Theory, and Substantive Equality Laws.” Law & Inequality: A Journal of Theory and Practice 35, no. 2 (2017): 353–91.

“Assessing Evidence, Arguments, and Inequality in Bedford v. Canada.” Harvard J. Law & Gender 37 (2014): 459-544.

“Prohibiting Sex Purchasing and Ending Trafficking: The Swedish Prostitution Law.” Michigan J. Int’l Law 33 (2011): 133-57 (translated into Korean).

“Sweden’s Prohibition of Purchase of Sex: The Law’s Reasons, Impact, and Potential.” Women’s Studies Int’l Forum 34, no. 5 (2011): 449-74 (free version on SSRN).

“Rethinking Democracy: Legal Challenges to Pornography and Sex Inequality in Canada and the United States.” Political Research Quarterly 63, no. 1 (2010): 218-237 (free version on SSRN) (additional podcasts available with Amy Mazur, co-editor of PRQ, Catharine MacKinnon, Kathleen Mahoney, William Hudnut, and Max Waltman).

Ph.D. Dissertation

The Politics of Legal Challenges to Pornography: Canada, Sweden, and the United States. Stockholm Studies in Politics 160. Stockholm University, 2014. ISBN 9789176490471 (monograph; limited edition)

Reports, Briefs, Submissions etc.

Pornografi och mäns våld mot kvinnor, with a preface by Catharine A. MacKinnon, in collaboration with Unizon. Part 2 of Porr och prostitution: en rapport om utsatthet och efterfrågan, edited by Unizon, pp. 31-108. Stockholm: Unizon, 2016.

Pornography and Men’s Violence Against Women, translated by Marion Söderström, reviewed and revised by Max Waltman, with a Preface by Catharine A. Mackinnon, and in collaboration with Unizon. Part 2 in Pornography and Prostitution: A Report on Exploitation and Demand, edited by Unizon, pp. 31-108. Stockholm: Unizon, 2016.

Remissvar till SOU 2016:42, ”Ett starkt straffrättsligt skydd mot köp av sexuell tjänst och utnyttjande av barn genom köp av sexuell handling, m.m.” [considerate party brief], submitted Oct. 24, accessed Oct. 30, 2016 at Sweden’s government.

With Catharine A. MacKinnon, “[Gemensamt] Svar till Förbud mot köp av sexuell tjänst: En utvärdering 1999-2008 (SOU 2010:49)“ (remissvar) / “A Response to Prohibition Against Purchase of Sexual Service: An Evaluation 1999-2008 (SOU 2010:49)“ (considerate parties’ brief) (Feb. 2, 2011) (submission with 12 signatories, NGOs/individuals).

With Catharine A. MacKinnon, “Förslag till regeringens utredning av sexköpslagen / Suggestions to the Government’s Review of the Sex Purchase Act (Sweden)“ (March 17, 2010) (submission with 13 signatories, NGOs/individuals).

Selected Popular Media Publications

”Förstör inte stödet att lämna prostitution” [Don’t Destroy Support For Exiting Prostitution]. (With Stockholm Girls’ Shelter et al.) Op-Ed, SvT-Opinion, December 8, 2016.

“Criminalize Only the Buying of Sex.” Op-Ed, Room for Debate, New York Times, April 20, 2012.

“The Scars of Prostitution.” Op-Ed, Toronto Star, Oct. 31, 2011.

“Evidence Shows Ending Demand Works.” Op-Ed, Rabble.ca (News Site), Oct. 11, 2012.

“Stärk prostituerade personers möjlighet att kräva skadestånd” [Empower Prostituted Persons' Options for Demanding Damages]. (With MP Carina Hägg (S), MEP Eva-Britt Svensson (V), Olga Persson (SKR) et al.) Op-Ed, Göteborgs-Posten, May 10, 2011.

“Vårt förslag handlar inte om tvång” [Our Proposal is Not Compulsory]. (With SKR [Olga Persson], Gudrun Schyman, Luis Ramos-Ruggiero et al.) Op-Ed, SvD Opinion-Brännpunkt, Svenska Dagbladet, Apr. 14, 2011.

“Prostituerade är brottsoffer” [Prostituted Persons are Crime Victims]. (With SKR [Olga Persson], Gudrun Schyman, Luis Ramos-Ruggiero et al.) Op-Ed, SvD Opinion-Brännpunkt, Svenska Dagbladet, Apr. 9, 2011.

“Torskarna ska betala skadestånd till de prostituerade [personerna]” [The Johns Shall Pay Damages to Prostituted Persons]. (With Catharine A. MacKinnon, Gudrun Schyman, et al.), Newsmill, Nov. 4, 2008.

“Porr inspirerar till våld” [Porn Inspires Violence]. (With Gurdun Schyman). Brev till Ledarsidan [Letter on Editorial Page], Expressen, Aug. 6, 2006, sec. 1, p. 1.

“Ge skadestånd till prostitutionens offer” [Give Damages to Victims of Prostitution]. (With MP Gudrun Schyman) Op-Ed, DN-debatt, Dagens Nyheter, July 25, 2006.

Selected Media Activity

Quoted and cited by Sarah Glazer in “Decriminalizing Prostitution,” Congressional Quarterly Researcher, April 15, 2016, 337–60 (CQ Researcher, requires subscription).

Interviewed by Margaret Wente in “Sweden’s Prostitution Solution,” Globe & Mail, March 17, 2015, p. A11.

Debating in "Punish the Prostitute or Fine the Client?," TV-debate with Max Waltman, Pauline Arrighi, Gil Mihaely, and Cari Mitchell, moderated by François Picard, France 24, Nov. 27, 2013 (part 1, part 2).

Interviewed by Ally Foster in “What’s Next for Canada’s Prostitution Laws?” Embassy: Canada’s Foreign Policy Newspaper, Jan. 23, 2013, pp. 10, 13.

Interviewed by Birgit Schmid in «Warum Prostitution verboten werden muss», Das Magazin, September 15–21, 2012, p. 23 (no. 37) (weekly magazine).

Past Event

Organizer of “Legal Challenges to Gender-Based Violence: An APSA Short Course sponsored by Law & Courts, Human Rights, and Women’s Politics Research’s sections.” Preconference workshop held at the annual meeting for the American Political Science Ass’n (APSA), Washington DC, September 1, 2010. Twenty two (22) scheduled presenters and interlocutors including Melissa Farley, Leslie Goldstein, Neil Malamuth, Wendy Murphy, and others.