Alex Sharpe

Alex Sharpe photot Professor Sharpe has been involved in transgender law reform and activism for over twenty years. During that time, she has provided advice to various government agencies and departments, members of parliament, law firms, public interest advocacy organisations, and a variety of professional bodies, both in the UK and internationally. Professor Sharpe has also represented transgender groups at parliamentary hearings. She regularly meets with transgender groups both nationally and internationally and sits on the International Legal Committee of the World Professional Association of Transgender Health (WPATH). This committee makes law reform interventions in transgender litigation worldwide by way of amicus briefs. She also sits on Amnesty International's Expert Committee on the Criminalisation of Sexual and Reproductive Conduct.

Alex regularly presents keynote addresses, lectures and appears at many other speaking events involving transgender rights concerns. In recent years, she has been invited to speak in New York, Prague, Tel Aviv, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Lund, Oslo, Berlin, Vienna, San Francisco, Zurich as well as in the UK. She also has a significant media profile and is widely consulted by various media as well as publishing in national newspapers, magazines and blogs.

For recent examples, see:

Interviews:

  • Interviewed on London's LBC Radio (13 November 2015) concerning the eight year sentence Gayle Newland received after her conviction for 'gender fraud';
  • Interviewed on Canada's CBC Radio (2 October 2015); concerning the conviction of Gayle Newland for 'gender fraud.'

Media Articles:

Blogs:

In terms of impact, Professor Sharpe’s publications in the field of transgender jurisprudence have been cited judically and have been used in parliamentary and amicus curiae intervention submissions.

EUROPEAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS

Hamalainen v Finland [2014] ECHR 877 (Joint Dissenting Opinion of Judges Sajo, Keller & Lemmens, para. 13)

UNITED STATES

In the Marriage of Michael J. Kantaras v Linda Kantaras (2003) 6th Judicial Circuit in and for Pasco County, FLA case number: 98-5375CA 511998DR00537WS

AUSTRALIA

Attorney-General for the Commonwealth of Australia v Kevin and Jennifer & HREOC (2003) FamCA 94

Kevin and Jennifer v Attorney-General for the Commonwealth of Australia (2001) FamCA 1074

UNITED KINGDOM

Submission by the Centre for Law and Social Justice, University of Leeds, and Intersex UK to the Women and Equalities Parliamentary Select Committee Inquiry into Transgender Equality (August 2015)

Submission by the Gender Identity, Research and Education Society to the Public Bills Committee proposing legislative amendments to the Marriage (Same-Sex Couples) Bill 2012. http://www.gires.org.uk/assets/Consultations/GiresSubmission.pdf

HONG KONG

Submission by counsel for W in the Hong Kong appeal case of W v Registrar for Marriages against the decision of Mr Justice A. Cheung, Appeal heard October 12-14, 2011.

AUSTRALIA

Submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs in relation to the ‘Inquiry into the Effectiveness of the Commonwealth Sex Discrimination Act 1984 in Eliminating Discrimination and Promoting Gender Equality’ by the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law, Monash University, Mebourne, 2009 http://www.law.monash.edu.au/castancentre/policywork/sex-discrimination.pdf

Submission by the Australian Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission intervening in Re Alex: Hormonal Treatment for Gender Identity Dysphoria [2004] FamCA 297 

ARGENTINA

Amicus Curiae intervention by the Programa para America Latina y el Caribe Comision Internacional para los Derechos Humanos de Gays y Lesbianas in Alitt Associacion Lucha Por La Identidad Travesti-Transexual c/IGJ 1720574/35584 s/Recurso Contencioso-Administrativo (2006) Buenos Aires.

UNITED KINGDOM

Submission to Ministry of Justice Inquiry into the Care and Management of Transgender Offenders (2016) - focuses on issues of allocation and segregation within the prison estate (co-authors: Dr Fabienne Emmerich and Ms Robyn Emerton).

Submission to the Women and Equalities Parliamentary Select Committee Inquiry into Transgender Equality, focusing specifically on criminal law and marriage issues (August 2015);

Co-author, submission by the Gender Identity, Research and Education Society to the Public Bills Committee proposing legislative amendments to the Marriage (Same-Sex Couples) Bill 2012.http://www.gires.org.uk/assets/Consultations/GiresSubmission.pdf.