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Upcoming event:  “Reclaiming the Public Place of Gender in Critical Accounts of its Future”.  Brunel Law School.  8 May 2019.  Paper presented by Davina Cooper.  12.30-3pm.   For details and to register, visit here.

May 2019 – we are  looking for volunteers to audio/visually represent their ordinary experiences of gender in everyday life and then be interviewed.
We are recruiting a range of people who are over 18 and live in England or Wales, including parents.   If you are interested, please click here. 

See our Q & A for answers to some of the questions which we have been asked about the project, including the way we are using the terms gender and sex.

About the project

What should gender’s future be? Should gender fade in significance, become a matter of personal choice, define new ways of living and being, or remain a category of domination and inequality? And what can law contribute to these changes?

Currently in Britain, we all bear a legal gender, starting with the sex we are registered as having at birth.  But are there good reasons for retaining a system in which people are gendered in ways that carry formal legal status? What might change involve? And what are the implications, in terms of the challenges, risks and benefits, of radical reform?  These questions form the basis for our three-year critical law reform project, begun in May 2018, and funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.




Find out more about the project here.

Who we are

The Future of Legal Gender project is led by researchers at King’s College London, and the Universities of Kent and Loughborough, with the support of an international advisory board.

Find out more about who we are here.





Logo by Sabrin Fetih,  second and third images by Ben Kanter.  Main image from Shutterstock (unattributed).