Roundtable: Trans-Gender Lawfare

In June 2016 Norway passed new legislation for the change of legal gender, whereby the country went from being one of the most restrictive places in Europe – where people who wanted to change their legal gender had to undergo sex affirming surgery – to becoming one of the most liberal. All that is required now is a request from anyone above 16 years of age.

What is the significance of this change in the law? And how is the Norwegian development in comparative perspective?

Malin Moldestad in conversation with Janneke Van der Ros, Stein Wollf Frydenlund and Camila Gianella.

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Camila Gianella (MSc, PhD) is a researcher at and a post doctoral fellow at the department of Comparative Politics, University of Bergen in the project Sexual and Reproductive Rights (SRR) Lawfare: Global battles over sexual and reproductive rights, driving forces and impacts, Dr. Gianella is also part of the team of two related project: Abortion Rights lawfare in Latin America and International Sexual and Reproductive Rights Lawfare. Gianella has a PhD from the University of Bergen.  In her dissertation she analyzed the process of implementation of a structural court decision from the Colombian Constitutional Court which asked for major reforms within the health system. Prior to her PhD from the University of Bergen, Camila worked as researcher and consultant for projects on maternal health, the right to health, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, mental health and transitional justice.