Phase Three

Concluding Assessment and Wider Public and Policy Engagement

This final phase of the project 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.

As part of this final stage, we will also produce a draft bill in the form of an annotated experimental statute, setting out our assessment of how law reform might be operationalised and some of its challenges. This will combine our research findings with feminist and other critical principles for law reform and provide a focus for further policy discussion and expert and public engagement, at a range of events.

As we move into this third phase of the project, we have already held several 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”.   In this case, we explored the type of 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?