Join HELA for a watch party of the hearing in front of the European Court of Justice this Tuesday, January 23, at 5PM ET in the Student Org Room!
The case was brought by a person who identifies as a transgender male and holds both a Romanian and UK nationality. The procedure for recognition of his gender identity was commenced in the UK before Brexit but was completed during the transition period. Afterwards, the Romanian authorities refused his request to make the changes to his Romanian birth certificate and told him to bring new judicial proceedings in Romania which have been classified by the European Court of Human Rights as lacking clarity and foreseeability. The ECJ must determine whether Romanian legislation that doesn’t recognize legal changes of gender identity in other Member States and requires new judicial proceedings violates the right to a European citizenship, free movement provisions, and several fundamental rights. It must also clarify the effects of Brexit on the answers. Food will be provided.