Florida Journal of International Law


Brian Kritz


This Article is a comparative study exploring how the law impacts Transgender rights and Transgender access to justice. In countries where the law is hostile to Transgender rights, such law perpetuates structural violence, promotes discrimination and persecution, causing direct violence against Transgender populations. In countries where the law is more progressive, an interesting phenomenon exists. In these countries, where Transgender lives can be more openly lived, Trans-violence rates are noticeably higher than in countries where Transgender rights are restricted. This scholarship was developed with an eye towards reforming the law in countries with problematic legal structures and continuing efforts to protect Transgender lives in more progressive countries. I hope that this Article, researched and written at the intersection of Transgender life and law, provides an engine for greater discussion on how Transgender populations can be better protected, allowing them to live freely under the letter and spirit of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.