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The Legal Status of Intersex Persons: Book

About the publication

This book provides a basis for discussion regarding all legal aspects concerning persons born with sex characteristics that do not belong strictly to male or female categories, or that belong to both at the same time. It contains contributions from medical, psychological and theological perspectives, as well as national legal perspectives from Germany, Australia, India, the Netherlands, Columbia, Sweden, France and the USA. It explores international human rights aspects of intersex legal recognition and also features chapters on private international law and legal history.

Purpose of the Publication

This book looks at law reform taking place around the world, with diverse perspectives from relevant fields, to provide the reader with a comprehensive analysis of the legal status of intersex persons and related issues.


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This book was edited by Jens M. Scherpe, Anatol Dutta and Tobias Helms.

With contributions by Nina Althoff (German Institute of Human Rights, Berlin, Germany), Marjolein van den Brink (School of Law, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands), Morgan Carpenter (Sydney Health Ethics, University of Sydney, Australia; Co-executive Director of Intersex Human Rights Australia; GATE, New York, USA), Milton Diamond (John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawai’I, USA), Duncan Dormor (United Society Partners in the Gospel, London, UK), Peter Dunne (Faculty of Law, University of Bristol, UK), Anatol Dutta (Faculty of Law, Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich, Germany), (Claire Fenton-Glynn (Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge, UK), Jameson Garland (Faculty of Law, Uppsala University, Sweden), Dan Christian Ghattas (Executive Director of Organisation Intersex International Europe, Berlin, Germany), Julie Greenberg (Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, USA), Tobias Helms (Faculty of Law, Philipps University Marburg, Germany), Joe Herbert (John van Geest Centre for Brain Repair, Department of Clinical Neurosciences, University of Cambridge, UK), Ieuan Hughes (Department of Paediatrics, University of Cambridge, UK), Moshe Lavee (Department of Jewish History and Thought, University of Haifa, Israel), Thomas Meyer (Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection, Berlin, Germany), Tanya Ni Mhuirtile (School of Law and Government, Dublin City University, Ireland), Benjamin Moron-Puech (Faculty of Law, Pantheon-Assas University Paris, France), Stefano Osella (Department of Law, European University Institute, Florence, Italy), Ruth Rubio-Marin (Faculty of Law, University of Sevilla, Spain; School of Transnational Governance, European University Institute, Florence, Italy), Tali Artman Partock (Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge, UK), Vickie Pasterski (Department of Psychology, University of Cambridge, UK), Walter Pintens (Faculty of Law, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium; Faculty of Law, Saarland University, Germany), Kirsten Sandberg (Faculty of Law, University of Oslo, Norway), Jens M. Scherpe (Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge, UK; University of Hong Kong; Aalborg University, Denmark), Smita Shah (Department of Law, European University Institute, Florence, Italy), and Alain Wijffels (Faculty of Law, Catholic University of Leuven and Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium; Faculty of Law, University of Leiden, The Netherlands; Centre d’Histoire Judiciaire, France).


J. M. SCHERPE, A. DUTTA and T. HELMS (eds.), The Legal Status of Intersex Persons, Intersentia, Cambridge 2018

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