The Free Legal Advice Centres (FLAC) and UCD Human Rights Network and UCD Sutherland School of Law invites you to a keynote address from Prof. Dr. Johanna Schmidt-Räntsch, Judge of the German Supreme Court, on
“(Trans)Gender Recognition in Germany: The Role of the German Courts”
Date: Thursday, 05 February 2015
Location: William Fry Theatre, UCD Sutherland School of Law (directions and map)
A reception will follow Prof. Dr. Schmidt-Räntsch’s keynote address.
2 CPD Points available for practitioners
There is no charge for this event, however registration is required. You can register here. For registration enquires, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org . This event will be of interest to the Trans community, LGBTQQ activists, judges, lawyers, government and public administration officials, academics and students.
The Keynote Address
The Oireachtas begins 2015 with debates on the first ever legislation to officially recognise transgender persons in Ireland, the Gender Recognition Bill 2014. There is concern about some clauses of the proposed Bill, with transgender persons arguing that they are too restrictive and would exclude some people (see, here and here). A particularly contentious clause would require transgender persons who are already married or in a civil partnership to divorce as a pre-condition for recognition in their preferred gender.
What can we learn from the experience of other European countries like Germany, where the Constitutional Court struck down a similar ‘compulsory divorce’ provision and other provisions of the German Transsexual Law as being in breach of the German Constitution or Basic Law? Judge Schmidt-Räntsch will discuss the German experience of gender recognition legislation and fundamental rights.
Ms Justice Catherine McGuinness, former Judge of the Irish Supreme Court.
Michael Farrell (FLAC)
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