Clifford Chance in court to fight for the genderless
13 April 2018
is going to court to fight for a gender-free UK passport.
Having won a judicial review, next week the Magic Circle firm will argue in the Administrative Court that Her Majesty's Passport Office is breaching the right to private life under the European Convention on Human Rights by requiring applicants for passports to declare their gender as either male or female.
Acting for Christie Elan-Cane, whose 'Non-Gendered' campaign seeks legal recognition for individuals who don't identify as either sex, Clifford Chance and barristers from Blackstone Chambers successfully argued last year
that the case should be heard for inclusion of a third, non-gender specific 'X' option.
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The firm will argue that the government's m/f-only policy is "discriminatory and irrational
" and therefore unlawful. Australian and New Zealand passports already include an X option, as do those for Canada, Denmark, Germany, Malta and Pakistan. More countries, including India, Ireland and Nepal, provide equivalent third options.
-People's lead partner is Narind Singh, who told RollOnFriday that X-passports were "a crucial step
" in the protection of the human rights of a group of people who "otherwise face an unacceptable choice between forgoing a passport, and making a false declaration, and using a passport which misrepresents their identity"