The Right to a Personal Identity

Date/Time: 14:15-15:30, 25th of January 2024

Location: Bergen Global, Jekteviksbakken 31

How has human rights law developed and interpreted the right to a personal identity?

The right to personal identity has largely arisen from a right to respect for one’s private life. In this seminar, Jill Marshall analyses whose rights are protected and what role human rights law play in the formation, and protection, of permissible personal identities. What has been, and what could be, achieved?

Marshall looks at applied philosophy and case law and concentrates on recent cases from the European Court of Human Rights. This includes cases on Islamic headscarves, secret births, and intercultural adoption.


  • Free and open to all.
  • Join us onsite at Jekteviksbakken 31 or online:
  •  The seminar is part of the RDV series, a collaboration between the Centre for Research on Discretion and Paternalism and the Centre on Law and Social Transformation at the University of Bergen. – The RDV-webinar series is an interdisciplinary webinar where national and international researchers are invited to talk about their pioneering research on topics regarding law, democracy, and welfare.
  • Refreshments will be served.

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