Aims of the Project

Future of Legal Gender has four key aims:

  1. To critically explore different ways of reforming legal gender status, focusing on England and Wales, while drawing on experiences in other countries, the different legal approaches taken towards other social characteristics, such as religion, disability, ethnicity and sexuality, and the views of activists, policy-makers, NGOs, lawyers and the wider public.
  2. To contribute to ongoing policy and political discussions relating to current legal reform proposals, while taking a longer-term approach.
  3. To understand different people’s hopes and worries in relation to both the current legal framework and different approaches to legal reform.
  4. To contribute to broader discussions about the changing character of gender and the contribution law can make to how it is changing.

Adopting an intersectional approach, the project will address the implications of different reform proposals for single-sex/gender activities, services and spaces, the wider equality agenda and other fields of statutory law.  The project will also explore what legal gender status means to people and whether it matters in their everyday lives.

Read about Phase One of the project here.

Return to the Overview of the project here.