Confirming (the illusion of) heterosexual marriage: Hämäläinen v Finland

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On 16 July 2014, the European Court of Human Rights sitting as a Grand Chamber issued its most recent ruling regarding transsexuality and marriage. The question before the Court was whether a transsexual woman, who had married another woman before her gender transition, had the right to obtain full legal recognition of her gender without putting an end to their marriage. The answer given by the Court was not only a rejection of the applicant’s claim; it was also a decision that called into question the Court’s own conception of heterosexual marriage.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)173-186
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of International and Comparative Law
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2015


  • transsexuality
  • gender transition
  • heterosexuality
  • same-sex marriage
  • European Court of Human Rights
  • Hämäläinen v Finland


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