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A negligible effect? The untested assumptions behind plans for the 2021 census
“The proposed 2021 census will probably be the most important for a generation. It will begin to show the devastating effects of Covid-19 on our communities and individuals. It...
4th June 2020
Reform ‘under the radar’? Lessons for Scotland from the Development of Gender Self-Declaration Laws in Europe
Our analysis suggests that those jurisdictions in Europe who have already introduced self-declaration models for legal sex change have tended to do so with very little public scrutiny.
7th May 2020
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...
5th May 2020
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...
21st April 2020
MBM statement on the suspension of GRA reform
We welcome today’s formal statement on the Scottish Government’s plans in relation to the Gender Recognition Reform Bill. The government has confirmed that work on the Bill is being...
1st April 2020
GRA Reform: Meeting with Scottish Government officials 9 March 2020
On what now seems like a lifetime ago, 9 March, we met officials from the Scottish Government to discuss the consultation on the draft Gender Recognition Reform Bill. Our...
30th March 2020
MBM submission to the 2019 Scottish GRA reform consultation
We have submitted our response to the Scottish Government’s consultation on on GRA reform. Our full consultation response is here: Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill: MurrayBlackburnMackenzieconsultation response We do...
16th March 2020
We need more clarity on gender rights debate from Scottish Government
This article originally appeared in The Scotsman on 1 January 2020. The link to the article has since been removed following a redesign of The Scotsman website. The Government...
28th February 2020
From medical assessment to affirmation: legal gender self-declaration in Ireland
Cited by the Scottish Government as its main example of ‘international best practice’, in 2015 the Irish Government passed the Gender Recognition Act. Yet the vast majority of Irish...
25th February 2020
A tale of two letters: whose views count?
Introduction Since November 2018, an intense debate has broken out over whether the sex question in the 2021 census should be framed in terms of self-declared gender identity, legal...
24th February 2020