On 28 November 2014 the seventh annual legal seminar of the European Network of Legal Experts in the Non-discrimination Field was organised in cooperation with the European Network of Legal Experts in the field of Gender Equality (managed by the Faculty of Law at Utrecht University). The seminar attracted 141 participants, including representatives of the European Commission, of EU Member States governments, of Equality Bodies and of EU-umbrella organisations. The seminar also brought together a number of high level academics from across the European Union.
The feedback from the participants, collected through a satisfaction survey (PDF 201 kB) resulted in a good rating.
The objective of the Legal Seminar was to provide the participants with an opportunity to exchange views on the transposition and, particularly, the implementation and effective enforcement of the EU equality and anti-discrimination Directives, to discuss particular issues of discrimination and to share practices and experiences. Current legal developments and future prospects in the area of non-discrimination and gender equality were widely discussed. The programme (PDF 186 kB) of this year’s one-day seminar included both plenary sessions and parallel workshops.
To introduce the 2014 Legal Seminar, Ms.Jenny Goldtschmidt, professor emeritus in Human Rights Law at the Utrecht University School of Law addressed a keynote speech to the participants, drawing from her extensive experience to provide insight into the necessary elements for anti-discrimination and equality law to be effectively enforced and implemented. In addition to strong legal instruments, the mobilization of civil society and empowerment of victims are crucial, as is the availability of multiple instruments such as medication, equality bodies and positive obligations to ensure equality.