About the project

Our survey on attitudes to gender has now closed (midnight, 5 December 2018).  Thank you to everyone who took part.  We have had over 3,000 responses.

What should gender’s future be? Will 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 are all assigned a legal gender, starting with the sex we are declared at birth.  But are there good reasons for retaining a system of assigned gender; or one in which people’s gender has formal legal status? 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.

Our publications

We plan to publish a range of materials out of the project, aimed at academic and non-academic stakeholders, and the general public. At the conclusion of the project, we will present one or two draft bills of the legal frameworks that appear most promising from a feminist perspective, to act as a focus for further policy discussion and public engagement.

Find out more about our publications here.

We will also be posting to our blog as the project progresses as well as releasing podcasts discussing key themes and topics related to our research.


Logo by Sabrin Fetih, photos by Ben Kanter.