Mishcon de Reya is supporting the first UK-wide mooting competition on sexual orientation and gender identity law, launched by the Department of Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
The moot, which will be held on 4-5 March 2016 at LSE on Lincoln's Inn Fields in central London, has 46 teams and more than 150 law students from across the UK registered to take part. To kick off the competition, Mishcon is holding a welcome reception for competitors and judges at Africa House on Friday 4 March.
The competition has been named the LSE-Featherstone Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity Moot in honour of Baroness Lynne Featherstone. Lynne was the architect of the equal marriage legislation in England & Wales, commissioned the first ever UK government transgender action plan and campaigns for LGBT+ rights internationally.
The moot problem is inspired by the Asher’s Bakery case and concerns the intersection between religious freedom and discrimination in the provision of services on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Networking events, talks and workshops will take place alongside the moot, including a workshop with the Human Dignity Trust.
On 5 March, LSE is also running a panel discussion, 'Trans in the Criminal Justice System', on the challenges faced by trans people and how the criminal justice system should be reformed. Panellists include Doughty Street Chambers barrister Ulele Burnham, political activist Charlie Kiss, who was the UK's first trans man to stand for parliament, and Dr Sarah Lamble, a senior lecturer at Birkbeck School of Law, with the discussion chaired by Dr Leticia Sabsay, an Assistant Professor in Gender and Contemporary Culture at LSE's Gender Institute. Click here to register.
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