University of Surrey Institute of Advanced Studies

University of Surrey


After the Recognition of Intersex Human Rights

23 September 2016 - 24 September 2016


About 1/2000 children are born with bodies that are deemed to merit medical investigation because they do not meet cultural expectations for male or female bodies. Clinical management and “normalising” surgical and hormonal interventions on individuals with atypical sex anatomies, or intersex variations, have come under pressure from intersex people, humanities scholars, and medical ethicists. Recent years have seen human rights organizations increasingly recognizing medical decision-making about intersex as a human rights issue. This symposium will provide a space in which to have much-needed interdisciplinary conversations about the implications of this complex landscape of law, rights and medical care for intersex people and their families, as well as for the future of health, medicine, and the definition of human rights.




Dr David Andrew Griffiths, Department of Sociology, University of Surrey

Prof Peter Hegarty, School of Pychology, University of Surrey

Prof Kamila Hawthorne, School of Biosciences and Medicine, University of Surrey


Please note: This is a small event with a limited number of places.


If you have any queries, please contact Dr David Griffiths