Bent Bars speaking at upcoming TransJustice Conference

Posted on: Saturday 9th of April 2016

Garden Court Chambers in association with City University London, and Birkbeck, University of London are co-hosting an afternoon workshop on TransJustice.


Current challenges faced by trans and gender non-conforming people in the criminal justice system

Friday 20 May 2016, 14:00 - 18:30

Venue: Garden Court Chambers

57-60 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London, WC2A 3LJ

Recent cases such as R v Newland [2015], 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.

Speakers include:

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

For more information and/or to register: