Phase Three

Concluding Assessment and Wider Public and Policy Engagement

We are now in the final phase of our project. We will provide a concluding assessment of potential principles underlying law reform in this area, and the viability, strengths and weaknesses of different law reform options.

We will also produce a legislative guide, outlining some key provisions that a decertification law would require, along with some options, questions, and commentary. The draft law will combine our research findings with feminist and critical principles for law reform to provide a focus for further policy discussion as well as expert and public engagement, at a range of events.

We have held the following preliminary seminars and workshops:

“What” If Seminars

In June and July 2020, Davina Cooper and Flora Renz led two virtual “what if” seminars with feminist academics to explore legal reform through “reverse engineering”. We explored the scenarios that might arise in conditions of decertification and the legal provisions that might need to be in place to address them.

Feminism and Legislative Drafting

On 18 November 2020, Emily Grabham led a scoping workshop on Feminism and Legislative Drafting to explore the question of how to draft an experimental decertification statute. The workshop drew on participants’ experiences of legal activism and law reform to identity feminist techniques, and challenges for working with legislative reform.

Return to the overview of the project here.

Currently in Britain, we all bear a legal gender, starting with the sex we are registered with at birth. But should state law determine our formal gender status? What would be the social, political and cultural implications of abolishing such status, or reforming it in other ways?