Mollie Gascoigne

Mollie graduated from Exeter Law School in 2018 and was awarded the School of Law Prize for graduating top of the 2018 LLB cohort. Mollie was also awarded four separate academic awards during her undergraduate career, including three Dean’s Commendations and the Land Law Prize 2017.  Mollie was subsequently awarded a 1+3 ESRC studentship, graduating with a Masters degree in Socio-Legal Research in 2019. She is currently undertaking a PhD in Law and her preliminary findings have received media attention in the UK and abroad.

Research Interests

Mollie’s interests lie within the intersections of law, politics, philosophy, and power. This includes issues of social justice, human rights, international law, constitutional law, and laws affecting the LGBTQ+ community. Mollie’s doctoral research is an empirical socio-legal project investigating legal gender recognition with a specific focus on the Gender Recognition Act 2004 and the non-binary community. Mollie has collected quantitative and qualitative data using an online survey and interviews with the trans and non-binary community. The aim of the project is to conduct a detailed analysis of legal gender recognition provisions and explore possible options for reform which could increase the number of people currently applying for legal gender recognition.

Select Outputs

M. Gascoigne, European University Institute Constitutionalism and Politics Blog, Human Dignity: Hungary for Change? The EU, Backsliding States, and the First Foundational Value. The Constitutionalism and Politics Working Group, 2020.

M. Gascoigne, Education Incubator, Lockdown learning: notes on distanced education, Exeter Education Incubator, 2020.

Select Conference Appearances

Attitudes on the Gender Recogntion Act and reform: the non-binary perspective. Virtual Socio-Legal Studies Association, 15 June 2020.

Select Media Appearances

Introducing third legal gender option popular with majority of trans and non-binary people, research shows.”, University of Exeter Research News, 1 October 2020.

Half of trans and non-binary people want to abolish legal gender categories altogether, study finds“, Pink News, 3 October 2020.

Introducing third legal gender option popular with majority of trans and non-binary people, research shows“, Science X, 2 October 2020.

La moitié des personnes trans et non binaires veulent abolir les catégories légales de genre“, 45 Secondes, 3 October 2020.


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