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EU Non-Discrimination Law and Policy - A Future Mandate?

05 December 2012 | 3.00pm | Seminar
School of Law, University of Leeds, The Liberty Building

This seminar was organised by Professor Dagmar Schiek as part of her work as the Jean Monnet ad personam Chair

EU non-discrimination law is coming of age. Since 2000, the policy field embraces six aspects of diversity (racial and ethnic origin, religion and belief, disability, age, sex, sexual orientation) and spans a body of no less than eight directives. It has inspired a number of non-legal actions and attracted Commission funding for a number of experts.

During the same time, EU social policy has become ever more elusive, while the enlarged EU internal market has been criticized for triggering a downward spiral in national social levels. The EU is criticised for (ab)using non-discrimination law as its own brand of social policy, relying on overly market oriented arguments. At the same time, there are also doubts whether an EU non-discrimination law worthy of its name could exist in a European Union which institutionalizes discrimination of non-EU citizens on grounds of their immigrant status.

In spite of these criticisms, EU non-discrimination law and policy is praised as a success story of European integration and a socio-legal field in its own right.

Presentations include

  • Unlocking the true ‘social’ potential of EU non-discrimination law

Dr Colm O’Cinneide, UCL

  • Is European discrimination law breaking up old labour law traditions?

Professor Daniel Cuypers, University of Antwerp (Presenter) and Christian Bayart, Allen&Overy-Belgium and University of Antwerp

  • Gender equality law and policy for 15 or for 27? Lessons from post-communist Czech Republic

Barbara Havelková, University of Cambridge and University of Oxford

Opening / Closing Remarks

Professor Dagmar Schiek, University of Leeds

Programme (PDF: 761KB)

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Location Details

Moot Court Room (LT1.28)
The Liberty Building
University of Leeds

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