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HRC Speaker Series, Transgender Prisoners: Cross-Level Perspectives
Tue 21 March 2017, 13:00 – 14:30 GMT
Transgender Prisoners:Cross-Level Perspectives
Robyn Emerton, PhD candidate, Keele University
Robyn is a doctoral candidate at Keele University, Faculty of Law. Robyn’s PhD is generously funded by the AHRC. She is researching legal and policy developments in relation to transgender prisoners in England and Wales, and is specifically considering the power of law and rights discourse to transform the everyday lives of transgender prisoners. Robyn is a qualified solicitor, holds an LLM in Human Rights (University of Hong Kong), and has published academically on women’s rights and transgender people’s rights. She is co-editor of International Women’s Rights Cases (Cavendish 2006).
Robyn will speak about the recent, rapid evolution of prison policy in the UK in relation to transgender prisoners in England and Wales, linking this to human rights-based developments in the Gender Recognition Act 2004 and Equality Act 2010 in particular. IN her presentation Robyn will further explore how the recalibration of the transgender person as a rights-bearer has affected prison policy, through an analysis of the 2011 and 2016 Prison Service Instructions on the care and management of transgender prisoners/offenders.
Eka Iakobishvili, PhD candidate, University of Essex
Eka is a PhD Candidate in International Human Rights Law, University of Essex Law School and Human Rights Centre, completion year.
Eka’s presentation will focus on understanding non-binary within the binary system from the lens of international human rights law. She will explore concept of vulnerability in relation to transgender prisoners and argue whether positing transgender and other non-binary individuals in prisons as vulnerable provide them necessary safeguards for the protection from torture and other ill-treatment.
Chair: Dr Róisín Ryan-Flood, Senior Lecturer, Centre of Intimate & Sexual Citizenship
Co-sponsored with the Centre for Intimate and Sexual Citizenship and the Centre for Criminology