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Dr Peter Dunne

Dr Peter Dunne

Dr Peter Dunne

Senior Lecturer

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Dr Peter Dunne is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Bristol Law School. He is an expert on law, sexual orientation and gender identity. Peter researches across a broad range of topics relating to LGBTI rights – including same-sex relationshipslegal gender recognitionqueer youthsexual healthnon-binary genderintersex human rights and the impact of Brexit on LGBT population. His scholarship has a strong policy focus, and he regularly works with the European Commission, UK Government and civil society. 

Peter is the author of Rethinking Legal Gender Recognition: A Human Rights Analysis (Hart 2021). He is co-editor of Law and Gender in Modern Ireland: Critique and Reform (Hart 2019, with Lynsey Black), The Queer Outside in Law: Recognising LGBTIQ People in the United Kingdom (Palgrave 2020, with Sen Raj) and Intersectionality and Human Rights (Hart 2020, with Shreya Atrey). Peter regularly publishes in leading peer-reviewed journals, including the Medical Law ReviewSocial and Legal Studies and the Child and Family Law Quarterly. He also blogs extensively (e.g. herehere and here) and frequently contributes to media discussions of LGBTI rights (e.g. herehere and here).

Peter is currently undertaking EU-funded research on sexual orientation non-discrimination protections outside employment law in the European Union. From 2017-2018, he completed (with Marjolein van den Brink) an EU-funded project on national trans and intersex equality laws across Europe. With funding from the SLSA, Peter (along with Maria Moscati) is also researching the voice of trans children in England in relation to reforms to the Gender Recognition Act 2004. Peter has previously received funding from the Society of Legal ScholarsAmerican Society of International Law and PolicyBristol.

Peter is an Associate Member of the leading human rights barristers set, Garden Court Chambers. Since 2018, he has served as the Senior Expert for Sexual Orientation with the European network of legal experts in gender equality and non-discrimination. Peter’s research has been widely cited by judicial and public bodies – including the English Court of AppealGerman Federal CourtScottish GovernmentEquality Authority of Ireland and the Hong Kong Inter-Departmental Working Group on Legal Gender Recognition. Peter was an expert witness for the UK Parliamentary Inquiry on Transgender Equality and his evidence was extensively referenced in the Inquiry’s final report to the UK government. Peter is regularly invited to provide advice and training on LGBTI rights – including for the European Commission, Resolution and HM Prison Service. 

Peter is currently the family law co-convener for the Society of Legal Scholars. He serves as the EU Charter Bulletin Editor for the European Human Rights Law Review and as an Associate Editor of BMC Medical Ethics. Since 2019, he has been a non-London member of the Library Committee of the Institute of Advanced Studies. He is also an Associate of the Oxford Human Rights Law Hub.

Peter joined the University of Bristol Law School in 2017. He holds degrees from University College Dublin, Harvard Law School, University of Cambridge and Trinity College Dublin. He has previously held visiting positions at NYU Law School and the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law. At Bristol, Peter teaches family law and European Union Law. He also volunteers as a Staff Supervisor with the Human Rights Clinic. In 2019, he received the University of Bristol Students Award for Outstanding Support. Prior to entering academia, Peter worked as a human rights advocate in the United States of America and Europe. He is a former Board Member of Transgender Equality Network Ireland

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