A Monaco court has authorised the registration of a change of gender for one of its nationals who also holds French nationality. The Principality has no legal framework for such a process although France does.

The court ordered that the birth certificate of the person in question be altered by replacing the mention ‘female gender’ by that of ‘male gender.’ Her original first name will be replaced by another that she chooses for herself.

“We seized the Monegasque jurisdiction on the basis of the case law of the European Court of Human Rights to request the change of civil status of this transsexual person“, Paris-based lawyer Me Patrice Spinosi said. He had acted for his client alongside well-known Monaco advocate Me Thomas Giaccardi.

The person in question was born female in 2000, but from 2004 identified as male. The individual’s family recognised the gender transition.