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Pulling the thread of decertification : What challenges are raised by the proposal to reform legal gender status? / Cooper, Davina; Emerton, Robyn.

In: feminists@law, Vol. 10, No. 2, 2020, p. 1-36.

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Cooper, D & Emerton, R 2020, 'Pulling the thread of decertification: What challenges are raised by the proposal to reform legal gender status?', feminists@law, vol. 10, no. 2, pp. 1-36. https://doi.org/10.22024/UniKent/03/fal.938

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Cooper, D., & Emerton, R. (2020). Pulling the thread of decertification: What challenges are raised by the proposal to reform legal gender status? feminists@law, 10(2), 1-36. https://doi.org/10.22024/UniKent/03/fal.938

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Cooper D, Emerton R. Pulling the thread of decertification: What challenges are raised by the proposal to reform legal gender status? feminists@law. 2020;10(2):1-36. https://doi.org/10.22024/UniKent/03/fal.938

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Cooper, Davina ; Emerton, Robyn. / Pulling the thread of decertification : What challenges are raised by the proposal to reform legal gender status?. In: feminists@law. 2020 ; Vol. 10, No. 2. pp. 1-36.

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