Calendar of upcoming activities planned at CLPR


April 2018
9.00 A.M to 6.00 P.M

Venue:Indian Institute of Human Settlements, Bangalore

Transform – 2nd International Conference on Transgender Rights and the Law

On 14th and 15th April 2018, CLPR is organizing 2nd International Conference on Transgender Rights and the Law.



14th April 2018 marks the 4-year anniversary of the decision of the Indian Supreme Court in National Legal Services Authority vs. Union of India which recognized for the first time the right to self-identify one’s gender as an integral part of the right to life under the constitution.


The theme of the conference this year is trans-formation of the law, which we have already begun to witness in India.  The recent right to privacy decision of the Supreme Court in 2017 reaffirmed that gender identity is part of the right to privacy and autonomy.  These victories sit side by side with ongoing challenges the trans community faces, as it has begun to use the law for empowerment and in the process trans-forming it.


2017 witnessed active voices raised against the Transgender Rights Bill for having failed to articulate the rights and concerns of transgender and intersex persons. The trans community in India and the world over has been accessing the courts for recognition of their legal identity, rights to marriage and family and challenging criminalization.


Transgender rights have also been gaining recognition globally, with more jurisdictions passing gender identity recognition legislations and recognizing rights of the trans community. This conference seeks to learn lessons from such legal trans-formations for a better understanding of transgender equality in India.


This Conference is supported by Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice and Centre on Law and Social Transformation.


There is no registration fees and attendees can register at the venue before the start of the conference.


We had organized the first National Conference on Transgender Rights and Law in December 2016 and more information can be found here.


Agenda and List of Speakers

Day – 1

9.30 a.m. to 10.00 a.m.: Registration

10.00 a.m. to 10.30 a.m.: Introduction and Welcome Address:

  1. Jayna Kothari,Executive Director, Centre for Law and Policy Research
  2. Akkai Padmashali, Swatantra and Ondede


Panel 1: 10.30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Constitutional Trans*Formation

Moderator and Chair of the Panel: Prof. Sitharamam Kakarala, Azim Premji University

  1. “The Right to Privacy judgement and its impact on Transgender Rights”: Anand Grover, Senior Advocate Supreme Court of India & Director, Lawyers Collective
  2. “Transforming the Constitution: Thinking through and beyond NALSA v UOI” : Arvind Narrain, Arc International
  3. “NALSA and after”: Akkai Padmashali, Swatantra and Ondede Trust


12:30 p.m – 1:30 p.m Lunch


Panel 2: 1:30 p.m to 3.30 pm

 Transforming the Courts

Moderator: Tripti Tandon, Lawyers Collective

  1. “Trans*legalities: A Case Study of Court Records on the recognition of Trans* identities in Peru (2003-2016)” : Prof. Carlos J. Zelada, Chair of the Law Department of the Universidad del Pacífico (Peru).
  2. “Survey of Trans* Rights Case Law in India” : Jayna Kothari, Advocate, Karnataka High Court and Supreme Court of India, Executive Director, CLPR
  3. “The Telangana Eunuchs Act Challenge: Experience as a Petitioner”: Vyjayanti Vasanta Mogli, Founding Member, Telangana Hijra Intersex Samiti


Tea: 3:30 p.m – 3:45 p.m


Panel 3: 3:45 p.m to 5:30 pm

Trans* Families

Moderator: Arvind Narrain, Arc International

  1. “Intimate Relations, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity: Survey Evidence”: Prof. Siddharth Swaminathan, Azim Premji University
  2. “Growing up Trans in the Family”: Uma (Umesh P), Founder & Executive Director, Jeeva


Day 2


Panel 4: 9.30 a.m. to 11.00 a.m

Right to Legal Identity  

Moderator: Justice Manjula Chellur, Chief Justice of the Bombay High Court (Retd.)

  1. “Removal of Gender Markers: The Experience in Kenya”: Audrey Mbugua, Transgender Education and Advocacy, Kenya
  2. “Anxieties of Identity”: Vikramaditya Sahai, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Bombay


Tea –  11:00 a.m to 11:15 a.m


Panel 5: 11:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m

Current Debates on Transgender Equality

Moderator: Anindya Hajra, Pratyay Gender Trust

  1. “The Future of Transgender Equality”: Prof. Stephen Whittle, Professor of Equalities Law in the School of Law at Manchester Metropolitan University
  2. “Affirmative Action and Transgender Rights”: The Experience with Caste: Prof. Sudhir Krishnaswamy, Azim Premji University
  3. “Response from a Trans-Dalit Perspective”: Grace Banu, Founding Director, Trans Rights Now Collective


Lunch – 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm 


Panel 6: 2.30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m.

Global trends in Translaw movements

Moderator: Jayna Kothari, Centre for Law & Policy Research

  1. “Third Gender or No Gender: Its impact on the achievement of Equality in Post-Apartheid South Africa”: Busisiwe Deyi, South Africa
  2. “From Gender Identity to Gender Expression: Expanding Rights under the Yogyakarta +10 Framework”: Siddharth Narrain, Ambedkar University
  3. “Trans Bill – Is this the Future? Or do we need a different Legislation”: Aparna Banerjee, Amitie Trust
  4. “Kerala Model of Inclusion: A Critical Examination of the Kerala Transgender Policy”: Vihaan Peethambar, Queerala

4.30 pm – Closing Remarks


Our event was covered by Times of India, Prajavani and New Indian Express.

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