Perspectives on Sexual Identity and Gender, Copenhagen April 18

Continuing the theme of children and adolescents the Nordic Committee on Bioethics welcomes representatives from the various key actors to a workshop which explores sexual/gender identity in relation to two pertinent issues relating to children and adolescents: sex assignment at birth and gender reassignment in adolescents. Although children have a right under international law to express their views in all matters affecting them, a number of competing interests must be balanced when it comes to medical matters. Sexual/gender identity in children and adolescents raises the issue of the competency of both parents, medical staff and the children themselves to decide in this very personal matter which is intimately related to the identity and private life of the child in question.

The workshop first of all offers a legal perspective exploring both sexual privacy and identity as a human right and an overview of the legislation in the Nordic countries. Secondly, gender reassignment in adolescents is explored from perspectives ranging from medical, psychological, ethical, etc.

With this workshop the Nordic Committee on Bioethics wishes to provide a platform to Nordic policy makers in considering this aspect of children’s and adolescents’ lives.


Presentations and abstracts

Gender identity as a human right (including a short overview of the Icelandic legislation)
Oddný Mjöll Arnardóttir, Professor, PhD, University of Iceland

Sex change – a legal perspective (including an overview of the Danish and Norwegian legislation)
Caroline Adolphsen, Assistant Professor, PhD, Aarhus University, Denmark

Sex assignment and gender surgery on minors diagnosed as intersexed or disordered in sexual development (including an overview of the Swedish and Finnish legislation)
Jameson Garland, Juris Doctor, Uppsala University, Sweden

A psychiatric perspective on gender reassignment of minor
Riittakerttu Kaltiala-Heino, Professor of Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Tampere, Finland

The erosion of sexual dimorphism: ethical and religious challenges to our culture
Sólveig Anna Bóasdóttir, Associate Professor in Theological Ethics, Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Iceland
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Reproductive rights of transgender adolescents
Arne Sunde, professor PhD, Fertility Clinic, St. Olav’s University Hospital, Norway

New paradigm for diverging gender identities
Arja Voipio, member of the Executive Board of Transgender Europe

Introduction, abstracts and presentation in one pdf file