School of Law

CELLS Seminar: 10 Years EU Non-Discrimination Law - Back To The Future?

20 April 2010 | 3.00pm | Seminar
Beech Grove House, University of Leeds

Professor Mark Bell, University of Leicester and Professor Lisa Waddington, University of Maastricht

Chair: Professor Dagmar Schiek, Leeds

In November 1999, the EU Commission initiated the creation of a new body of legislation against discrimination with its Communication establishing a Community Action Programme to combat discrimination, starting an unusually successful new field of law and policy: Directive 2000/43/EC combating discrimination on grounds of ethnic and racial origin in the fields of employment, social security, social advantages, education, healthcare and provision of and access to goods and services and Directive 2000/78/EC on a framework of equal treatment of persons in employment and occupation were the first cornerstones. The latter directive, addressing discrimination on grounds of religion and belief, sexual orientation, age and disability is now due to be complemented by a new directive, expanding this prohibition to the fields of social security and social advantages, education, healthcare and provision of and access to goods and services. Still, 10 years on it is time to reflect on these endeavours, their actual effect on social reality, the relation of the “non-discrimination framework” to the “gender equality framework” and the future directions this shall take.

Mark Bell and Lisa Waddington are widely acknowledged researchers in the fields of racism and sexual orientation and disability discrimination and Members of the EU Commission’s network on Non-Discrimination. Mark Bell has recently published “Racism and Equality in the European Union”, and Lisa Waddington has edited (with Gerard Quinn) the 2009 Yearbook on European Disability law. Together with Dagmar Schiek, both have edited “Cases, Materials and Text on National, Supranational and International Non-Discrimination Law” (Hart 2007).

Location Details

Beech Grove House
University of Leeds

Beech Grove House is number 33 on the Campus Map.

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