Reform ‘under the radar’? Lessons for Scotland from the Development of Gender Self-Declaration Laws in Europe

Reform ‘under the radar’? Lessons for Scotland from the Development of Gender Self-Declaration Laws in Europe will be published in the forthcoming edition of  Edinburgh Law Review vol. 24 (2): pp 281-289. May 2020 An advance copy is available here:…

MBM submission to Women and Equalities Committee inquiry on the impact of Covid-19 on protected groups

Submitted to the UK Parliament Women and Equalities Committee's inquiry on the impact of Covid-19 on those with protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010 The Covid-19 pandemic is impacting on different protected groups in different ways. It appears that…

Shifting sands on the definition of ‘woman’ in Scots law: the journey of the Gender Representation on Public Boards Act from consultation to implementation

That women remain under-represented in public life is largely uncontested. Campaigns to improve the representation of women enjoy support across the political spectrum, even if there are differences in opinion on how that might be achieved. In early 2018, the…

MBM assessment of the Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill

We have today published our review of the Scottish Government’s draft Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill. The review can be accessed here: MBM Assessment of draft Gender Recognition Bill and Consultation 24 January 2020 Our review assesses the draft bill…

Draft guidance under consideration for 2021 census sex question: summary of proposals

1. Background and timing In early 2020, the UK census authorities will finalise the questions they propose to ask in the next census, which will take place on 21 March 2021. Draft census orders will be laid in both the…

2019 UK general election party manifesto commitments on GRA reform

Conservatives: No reference to reform of the Gender Recognition Act. Liberal Democrats: "Complete reform of the Gender Recognition Act to remove the requirement for medical reports, scrap the fee and recognise non-binary gender identities." Other related proposals: "Introduce an ‘X’…

2017 UK general election party manifesto commitments on GRA reform

  Conservative Party There is no reference in the 2017 Manifesto to reform of the Gender Recognition Act. Other references to transgender rights: "We will push forward with our plan for tackling hate crime committed on the basis of religion,…