- Praxis des Internationalen Privat- und Verfahrensrechts (IPRax)
Geschlechtliche Selbstbestimmung im IPR – Auf dem Weg zu einem neuen Art. 7a EGBGB
In August 2023, the German government proposed a draft bill for a “Gender Self-Determination Act” which will allow transgender, intersex and non-binary persons to change their legal gender by means of a simple self-declaration. While some of the details of the future Self-Determination Act are still being debated, less attention has been paid to the fact that the draft bill also contains a proposal for a conflict of laws rule which will determine the law applicable to a person's gender in cross-border settings. According to Article 7a (1) Draft Introductory Act to the German Civil Code, a person's gender will generally be governed by the law of the state of which the person is a national. However, according to Article 7a (2) Draft Introductory Act to the German Civil Code, a person residing in Germany may, for the purpose of changing their gender, choose German law. This article aims to take a first look at this draft conflict of laws rule and to illustrate some of the pending questions regarding the new rule.