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Uncertainty of age from the view of gender and diversity
Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8818-5406
2017 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In 1947 a system of personal number was introduced in Sweden. Each individual who is registered in Sweden will receive a number by the National Tax Agency. The personal number consists of the year, month and day the person was born and four more figures of which the third figure refers to the sex of the person, male or a female. The system of personal number has been modified several times. For example a person who was borne outside Sweden had to have a personal number which started on 93-99. This was in 1990 removed due to the risk of discrimination. Globally you may find different kind of similar systems, but you may also find the opposite, a person who due to different reasons do not know or for other reasons do not want to reveal her or his age. The last situation has become a not unusual situation in Sweden in connection with the wave of refugees in autumn 2015. The uncertainty of the age of the person seeking for asylum has caused discussions on what methods to use when deciding a person’s age.  The question has also been raised in connection with criminal proceedings where the age of the suspect is decisive when deciding the penalty for a person found guilty of a committed crime and at the use of means of compulsion to examine the suspect person in order to understand whether he or she is under or above the age of criminal liability. The purpose of this paper is to elaborate over which impact the uncertainty of age in the criminal procedure may have on gender and diversity with focus on the situation where the suspect claim to be under the age of criminal liability.

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2017.
Keywords [en]
age, discrimination, means of compulsion, gender, diversity
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Law (excluding Law and Society)
Research subject
Legal Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-62740OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-62740DiVA, id: diva2:1159042
Conference
Nordic Law and Gender Conference 2017, University of Turku, Turku, Finland, May 11-12, 2017
Available from: 2017-11-21 Created: 2017-11-21 Last updated: 2017-11-29Bibliographically approved

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