Three Georgian trans men win gender recognition case at European Court

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled that Georgian legislation surrounding gender recognition is vague and a source of ‘arbitrary decisions’, ruling in favour of three Georgian transgender men.

On Thursday, the ECHR found Georgia in violation of Article 8 — the right to respect for private and family life, of the European Convention on Human Rights. 

The court noted that Georgia’s current legislation was ‘fundamentally at odds’ with the state’s obligation to ensure ‘quick, transparent, and accessible procedures for legal gender recognition’. 

‘The lack of a clear legal framework leaves the gatekeepers — the competent domestic authorities — with excessive discretionary powers, which can lead to arbitrary decisions in the examination of applications for legal gender recognition’.

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