Self-Declaration in the Legal Recognition of Gender

Friday 18 November 2022
3:00pm - 5:00pm
Liberty Building (Moot Court) LT (1.28)
Lectures and seminars
Staff and students only

Self-Declaration in the Legal Recognition of Gender examines the impact of legislation premised upon the principle of ‘self-declaration’ of legal gender status.

Existing doctrinal and comparative analyses have tended to come out strongly in favour of, or against, self-declaration. This book offers a socio-legal alternative which focuses on how self-declaration is experienced, on an embodied level, by trans and gender diverse people.

It presents research conducted in Denmark, which became the first European state to adopt self-declaration in June 2014. By analysing Danish law through a Foucauldian framework which brings together socio-, feminist, and trans legal scholarship on embodiment and jurisdiction, the book offers the first empirically based and theoretically informed analysis of self-declaration.

It draws upon legal consciousness, affect theory, vulnerability, and governmentality literatures to argue that the jurisdictional boundaries which existed between law and medicine were maintained throughout the reform process. This limited the impact of the legislation, enabling access to health care to be restricted in the same year in which amending legal gender status was liberalised.

As the list of states that have adopted self-declaration increases, this intervention offers activists and policymakers insights which might shape how they respond to similar reform proposals in the future.

A timely and important assessment, this book is published in Routledge’s Social Justice book series, and will appeal to researchers and practitioners working in trans, gender, feminist legal, and socio-legal studies.

To discuss this book, the launch will feature Dr Ruth Pearce (Lecturer in Community Development at the University of Glasgow) and the book’s author, Dr Chris Dietz (Lecturer in Law and Social Justice at the University of Leeds).

The event will be followed by a wine reception sponsored by the Centre for Law and Social Justice, School of Law, University of Leeds.

All welcome. This is a free event, though registration is required via Eventbrite.