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The Harms of Policing Sex in Athletics - the Cases of Caster Semenya and Dutee Chand

Tuesday, October 1st, 2019 @ 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Jerome Greene Hall, Room 103
Oct 01
Tuesday, October 1st, 2019 @ 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Jerome Greene Hall, Room 103

The Harms of Policing Sex in Athletics - the Cases of Caster Semenya and Dutee Chand
Tuesday, October 1, 2019
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Columbia Law School
Jerome Greene Hall | 435 West 116th Street | Room 103


The Center for Gender & Sexuality Law and the Institute for Research on Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies are pleased to host an event focusing on recent rulings by bodies regulating international track and field competition that create arbitrary and discriminatory qualifications for competition in the “female” category define cases and debates regarding gender equity and the policing of gender in sports. Dr. Katrina Karkazis, Senior Fellow at Yale Law School, will contextualize the discussion, providing background regarding the case of Caster Semenya, a world-class sprinter who has been the subject of debates on the policing of gender and sex by the International Association of Athletics Federation. Following Dr. Karkazis' introduction, Professor Katherine Franke will moderate a discussion with Semenya's attorneys.

Similar cases involving athletes and the policing of gender include the case of Dutee Chand, who was subjected to scrutiny regarding her gender and eligibility to participate in sporting events by the International Olympic Committee in 2014.

The policing of gender in sports through the testing of chromosomes, testosterone levels, and other biometrics imposes rigid structures on the diversity that is human biology, gender, and experience. The policing of gender in this manner could also set precedents that may be used to discriminate against people on the basis of gender identity and expression.

This program is free and open to the public.

If you have any questions about this program, call the Center for Gender & Sexuality Law at (212) 854-0167, or email: [email protected]law.columbia.edu.

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