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The Future of Legal Gender - Davina Cooper

Date: 19-Sep-2019
Time: 12:30 PM - 02:30 PM
Location: Room 2027 Osgoode Hall Law School, Ignat Kaneff Building

The aim of the project is to critically explore the question of “legal gender” . This is a term we use for the different ways in which law explicitly treats people as having a gender or sex  that is stable, unitary, binary and carried with them.  Focusing on the jurisdiction of England and Wales, we ask: What would be the social, cultural and political implications if the ways that state law recognised people’s sex/ gender radically changed?  What concerns, problems and challenges would such proposals invoke, particularly for thinking about equality and social justice?  The project will draw on experiences in other countries, the legal approach taken towards other social characteristics, such as religion, ethnicity and sexuality, and the views of activists, policy-makers, NGOs, lawyers and the wider public”


The Future of Legal Gender.pdf