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.
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.
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:
- Jayna Kothari,Executive Director, Centre for Law and Policy Research
- Akkai Padmashali, Swatantra and Ondede
Panel 1: 10.30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Moderator and Chair of the Panel: Prof. Sitharamam Kakarala, Azim Premji University
- “The Right to Privacy judgement and its impact on Transgender Rights”: Anand Grover, Senior Advocate Supreme Court of India & Director, Lawyers Collective
- “Transforming the Constitution: Thinking through and beyond NALSA v UOI” : Arvind Narrain, Arc International
- “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
- “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).
- “Survey of Trans* Rights Case Law in India” : Jayna Kothari, Advocate, Karnataka High Court and Supreme Court of India, Executive Director, CLPR
- “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
Moderator: Arvind Narrain, Arc International
- “Intimate Relations, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity: Survey Evidence”: Prof. Siddharth Swaminathan, Azim Premji University
- “Growing up Trans in the Family”: Uma (Umesh P), Founder & Executive Director, Jeeva
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.)
- “Removal of Gender Markers: The Experience in Kenya”: Audrey Mbugua, Transgender Education and Advocacy, Kenya
- “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
- “The Future of Transgender Equality”: Prof. Stephen Whittle, Professor of Equalities Law in the School of Law at Manchester Metropolitan University
- “Affirmative Action and Transgender Rights”: The Experience with Caste: Prof. Sudhir Krishnaswamy, Azim Premji University
- “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
- “Third Gender or No Gender: Its impact on the achievement of Equality in Post-Apartheid South Africa”: Busisiwe Deyi, South Africa
- “From Gender Identity to Gender Expression: Expanding Rights under the Yogyakarta +10 Framework”: Siddharth Narrain, Ambedkar University
- “Trans Bill – Is this the Future? Or do we need a different Legislation”: Aparna Banerjee, Amitie Trust
- “Kerala Model of Inclusion: A Critical Examination of the Kerala Transgender Policy”: Vihaan Peethambar, Queerala
4.30 pm – Closing Remarks