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You have reached Rachel's home page. This web site has been created for academics, lawyers, medical specialists, involved with inter-sexuality, and those with a vested interest in this subject. Transsexualism, medicine and law are the main theme of the pages that can be found here. In 1998 the case of Rachel Horsham v United Kingdom was heard in the European Court of Human Rights, Strasbourg, France. The case concerned, whether or not the United Kingdom was in breach of the plaintiff's privacy by non-recognition of her sex/gender status after medical specialists decided she was a woman and not a man. Her status as being legally a woman was decided by a court of law in the Netherlands. The United Kingdom rejected this on the grounds that under British law a persons sex is fixed at birth and cannot be amended or changed and argued that the Court of Human Rights had given two Judgments in their favor upholding this contention in two previous cases, Rees and Cossey. The plaintiff, in her submissions, proved that the government had lied to the court in those previous cases, and that English Statute law did have the required legislation to amend a person's birth certificate, in such cases. In 1998 the court decided to uphold its case law based on Rees and Cossey and the case of Rachel Horsham was never judged on the facts presented to them. The complete documentation of the case can be found here. For further information go to search.


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INTRODUCTION OF CASE TO ECHR

INTRODUCTION OF CASE TO ECHR 2

INTRODUCTION OF CASE TO ECHR 3

OBSERVATIONS BY UK GOVERNMENT

OBSERVATIONS BY PLAINTIFF

SUBMISSIONS BY GOVERNMENT ORAL HEARING

SUBMISSIONS BY PLAINTIFF ORAL HEARING

ANNEXESS BY PLAINTIFF ORAL HEARING

VERBATUM RECORD ORAL HEARING

VERDICT OF THE COMMISSION

FURTHER OBSERVATIONS BY UK GOVERNMENT

FURTHER OBSERVATIONS FOR PLAINTIFF

PLAINTIFF'S MEMORIAL TO ECHR

LAWYERS MEMORIAL TO ECHR FOR PLAINTIFF'S

ANNEXESS LAWYERS MEMORIAL TO ECHR

UK GOVERNMENT MEMORIAL TO ECHR

LAWYERS MEMORIAL SEMPILL VERDICT ECHR

VERBATUM RECORD ECHR

COMMISSIONS FINAL REPORT

JUDGMENT ECHR

The next set of documents are the complete record of the Sempill case that was recovered from the Scottish records office after official denial of its existence . This case was kept secret from the public for 30 year.

SEMPILL 1

SEMPILL 2

SEMPILL 3

SEMPILL 4

SEMPILL 5

SEMPILL 6

PRESS REPORTS ON SEMPILL

PICTURE POST REPORTS OF ROBERTA COWELL 1954



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