Legal (page 3 of 4)

Articles about legal cases and judgements, and policing matters. Read our briefing papers on bodily integrity, discrimination, identification documents and detention

Groundbreaking US law suit filed on genital surgery

Advocates for Informed Choice, the Southern Poverty Law Center, pro bono lawyers and parents Pam and Mark Crawford have filed “the first ever impact litigation lawsuit” against the state of South Carolina Department of Social Services, the Greenville Hospital System, Medical University of South Carolina and individual employees for, AIC state, “performing an irreversible and…
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Parliament

Second submission to Senate Inquiry on involuntary sterilisation; the Chief Justice of the Family Court on infant clitorectomy

The Senate’s community Affairs Reference Committee is currently conducting an inquiry into the involuntary or coerced sterilisation of people with disabilities, and intersex people. The deadline for submissions was 12 March, and the Committee has just published a supplementary submission (PDF) by OII Australia, alongside submissions by the AISSGA, People with Disabilities Australia, the National…
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Intersex people and marriage, an analysis by Gina Wilson

In the light of debate around same sex marriage, marriage equality and the legal recognition of intersex people, Gina Wilson writes on the marriage rights of intersex people. The first thing to address is our right to marriage of any sort. When the Howard government proposed changes to the definition in the Marriage Act so…
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Intersex legislative issues 2012 – a brief summary

Please note that this document is no longer current, nor an accurate guide to the demands of intersex advocates in Australia. It has been superseded by the Malta Declaration, a Senate committee inquiry into the “Involuntary or coerced sterilisation of intersex people” and the 2017 Darlington Statement.

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The Family Court case, Re Sean and Russell (Special Medical Procedures)

The Age newspaper reports: Two little boys will have their testes removed after a court allowed their parents to authorise the procedure to prevent them developing potentially fatal cancers. The boys, aged 18 months and three years, have been diagnosed with Denys-Drash syndrome, which is so rare they are thought to be the only two…
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Sydney Morning Herald on the recognition of non-specific gender

Sydney Morning Herald on the recognition of non-specific gender

The Sydney Morning Herald yesterday carried a story by Steve Dow on Norrie’s campaign for “legal recognition as a person of no specified sex”. Born male and transitioned to female, before choosing a middle path, the article presents Norrie’s personal journey. OII Australia believes that anyone should be able to choose a “not specified” sex…
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