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Saturday, 23rd September 2017, 9:00-16:00
Large Moot Court Room, 2/F, Cheng Yu Tung Tower
Centennial Campus, The University of Hong Kong

GENDER RECOGNITION LEGISLATION IN HONG KONG: OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES

Whittle

The Hong Kong government is currently considering options for relevant legislation in response to a 2013 Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal judgment on transgender marriage (W v The Registrar of Marriages). After the court's decision, the government established an Inter-departmental Working Group on Gender Recognition (IWG) which has recently produced a Consultation Paper examining different types of gender recognition schemes and possible arguments for and against the adoption of particular models for Hong Kong. In order to contribute to this exercise, The Centre for Comparative and Public Law and its Human Rights Programme, in collaboration with the Hong Kong Equal Opportunities Commission, are hosting a forum with professional and academic experts and advocates, including members of Hong Kong's transgender community, to discuss the Consultation Paper. The outcome of the event will be submitted to the IWG and thus inform and hopefully positively contribute to a possible future Gender Recognition scheme.

Dr. Stephen Whittle will be delivering the keynote speech and act as a commentator during one of the panels. Dr Whittle is Professor of Equalities Law at Manchester Metropolitan University. He is a co-founder of Press For Change (PFC), the UK's transgender lobbying group, which fought cases at the European Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights to gain legal recognition for Trans people in the Gender Recognition Act 2004. PFC also achieved full protection for trans people under the UK's Equality Laws.

Dr. Whittle has been an advisor to the UK, Irish, Italian, Japanese and South African governments, the Council of Europe and the European Commission. He was appointed special advisor to the Parliamentary Women & Equalities Committee Inquiry into Transgender Equality and has received many awards for his academic and voluntary work, including a Lambda Literary Award as co-editor of "The Transgender Studies Reader" and The Stonewall Award from the American Bar Association in recognition of his contribution to "removing barriers and championing diversity for the LGBT community, both within the legal profession and impacting the greater human universe." In 2005, he was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen's New Year's Honours list for his work with the British Government on transgender rights. In 2016, he was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.

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For inquiries, please email Lili Ullmann at ulili@hku.hk.