Trans Identities in Law: Developments and Challenges
Trans rights remain largely excluded in public law, undermining the trust between trans people and public institutions. To fill this gap, this panel discusses ongoing legal developments and uncertainties regarding trans identities in the law. The focus is placed on a plurality of challenging questions, which – in spite of an increasing scholarly interest in the subject – remain underexplored. The papers complement each other in many respects. First, they employ different methodological approaches to show the plurality of challenges that lawyers and activists face to analytically understand and normatively advance the identity rights of trans people. Second, while some papers provide a wide(r) picture of legal attitudes towards trans populations, others zoom into specific loci thus offering (more) situated analyses. Third, the papers cover a variety of legal and socio-legal spaces, and make room for reflections on the relationship between national and supranational laws and governance.