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Welcome to the DFG Research Unit “Law – Gender – Collectivity”

Our interdisciplinary Research Unit has been active since January 2018. It brings together scholars of law, sociologists, European ethnologists and historians from the three major Berlin universities, the University of Potsdam and the European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder). Read more…

The Research Unit consists of six sub-projects and a coordinating project. In every sub-project, a team investigates a particular empirical research field. In our second funding phase (2021-2024), these are environmental law and climate litigation (A), transnational labor conflicts (B), urban & housing commons (C), consumer protection (D), processes of infrastructurization (E), and human rights, queer genders and sexualities since the 1970s (F).


Petra Sußner (2018): Self-determination or pathologization? Austria's Conflicts about the Third Option

Posted by Petra Sußner at Constitutional Blog:

In Austria, too, gender entries are no longer limited to 'female' or 'male' - the implementation of the so-called third option is pending. In the process, a circular letter from the Federal Ministry of the Interior is making news. The third option is to be limited to the designation 'diverse' and to be registered only on the basis of a medical certificate. The problem: Neither the law nor the decision that cleared the way for the third option (Constitutional Court, VfGH, 15.6.2018 G 77/208-9) mention a word about it. The circular raises constitutional concerns. Not for the first time, the implementation of the third option thus faces difficulties. Already in the fall of 2018, the Federal Minister of the Interior took action against the first "inter" entry with an official appeal to the Administrative Court (VwGH); however, without success. Now a new round in the conflict over the third option seems to have begun.

Blog post in German.