20 May 2016, 14:00 - 18:30
Garden Court Chambers
57-60 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3LJ
Current challenges faced by trans and gender non-conforming people in the criminal justice system
Garden Court Chambers in association with Birkbeck University and City University London
Due to a high level of interest, there are currently no further spaces available for this event. You can join a waiting list by emailing .
Recent cases such as R v Newland , the detention of trans women in male prisons, and the recent deaths of two trans people in British prisons have gained significant media attention and raised important public debates around sexuality, gender identity and the criminal justice system. These cases have highlighted a range of pressing issues of current law, policy and practice.
This workshop aims to build alliances between practitioners, scholars and organisers and to devise strategies for addressing the urgent problems faced by trans and gender non-conforming people in the criminal justice system.
This workshop will cover:
- The effect of non-disclosure of gender identity and history on the validity of sexual consent (i.e. so-called ‘gender deception’ prosecutions)
- The placement of trans detainees within gender-segregated facilities
- The Ministry of Justice’s Review of the Guidelines on the Care & Treatment of Transsexual Prisoners
- Detainees’ access to care and treatment
- Self-harm and suicide in prison
- The persistent problem of homophobia and transphobia within the criminal justice system more generally
Who should attend?
Barristers, solicitors, academics, community organisers and activists working in these areas.
- Stephanie Harrison QC, Di Middleton, Tom Wainwright, and Michelle Brewer – barristers at Garden Court Chambers
- Dr Grietje Baars, Dr Abenaa Owusu-Bempah and Sahra Taylor City University London
- Dr Sarah Lamble, Birkbeck, University of London
- Tara Hudson, Advocate for trans prisoners’ rights
- Professor Alex Sharpe, Keele University
- Chryssy Hunter, Bent Bars Project
- Dr Jay Stewart, Gendered Intelligence
- Jane Ryan, Bhatt Murphy Solicitors
- Ulele Burnham, Doughty Street Chambers
- Becky Kent, Scottish Transgender Alliance
We hope that you will join us after the workshop for a drinks reception at Garden Court Chambers.
The building is wheelchair accessible and the room in which the seminar is held is accessible by lift. There are wheelchair-accessible and gender-neutral single-stall toilets. If you have any specific accessibility requirements, please contact