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European Equality Law Network

European network of legal experts in gender equality and non-discrimination

2016 Seminar – The meaning of racial and ethnic origin, Employment Equality Directive and people with psychosocial disabilities, Migration and discrimination, Pay transparency, Equal pay

On 25 November 2016 the annual legal seminar of the European network of legal experts in gender equality and non-discrimination (EELN) was organised. The seminar brought together 160 representatives of the European Commission, EU Member States governments, Equality Bodies, EU umbrella organisations, academics from across Europe, as well as members of the network itself.

The seminar kicked-off with a very inspirational keynote speech by Justice Baer of the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany. She gave her view on what she believes is needed from us all to keep the promotion and protection of human rights in Europe on the agenda of international institutions, governments, academics and a broad range of stakeholders in society. One of her key messages: go back to the basics of human rights protection and be concrete and focussed in your actions to demonstrate the added value of human rights based approaches.

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2015 Seminar – Intersectionality, the Istanbul Convention, facilitation of work-life balance, reasonable accommodation law

On 24 November 2015 the first annual legal seminar of the new European network of legal experts in gender equality and non-discrimination (EELN) was organised. Due to the precarious security situation in Brussels just before, during and after the days of the seminar, many of those who had registered to attend were forced to cancel. Nevertheless, the seminar brought together almost eighty representatives of the European Commission, EU Member States governments, Equality Bodies, EU umbrella organisations, academics from across Europe, as well as members of the European network of legal experts itself.

The seminar covered the most prominent topics addressed by the EELN during its first year, which ensured lively and well-informed discussions during the plenary session and the workshops. In addition to this participants had the opportunity to exchange views on the implementation and effective enforcement of EU equality and non-discrimination law. Legal developments and future prospects in equality and non-discrimination law were vividly discussed.

In her key note address Sandra Fredman, professor at Oxford University and director of the Oxford Human Rights Hub, gave an overview of various possible approaches to the concept of intersectional discrimination. She also raised the question whether we can interpret existing EU anti-discrimination law to incorporate intersectionality and if there are structural obstacles to do so, discussing various potential obstacles and how these could be overcome.

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2014 Seminar - Enforcement of equality and anti-discrimination law

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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.

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2013 Seminar - Equality law: What kind of equality?

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On 29 November 2013 the sixth 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 (90 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 implementation of the EU equality and anti-discrimination Directives, to discuss particular issues of discrimination under the title ‘Equality law: What kind of equality?’ 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 (189 kB) of this year’s one-day seminar included both plenary sessions and parallel workshops.

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2012 Seminar - Equality law for everyone: Challenges ahead

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On 26 November 2012 the fifth yearly 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 161 participants, representatives of the European Commission, EU Member States governments, Equality Bodies and EU-umbrella organisations.

The feedback from the participants, collected through a satisfaction survey PDF (76 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 implementation of EU equality and anti-discrimination Directives, to discuss particular issues of discrimination under the title ‘Equality law for Everyone: Challenges Ahead’ and to share practices and experiences. The seminar brought together a number of high level academics from across the European Union. Current legal developments and future prospects in the area of non-discrimination and gender equality were widely discussed. The programme PDF (53 kB) of this year’s one-day seminar included both plenary sessions and parallel workshops.

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2011 Seminar - Approaches to equality and non-discrimination legislation inside and outside the EU

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On 4 October 2011 the fourth yearly seminar of the Network 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 158 participants, representatives of the European Commission, EU Member States governments, Equality Bodies and European NGOs. The feedback from the participants, collected through a satisfaction survey PDF (76 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 implementation of EU equality and anti-discrimination Directives, to look into legal systems of third countries and to share practices and experiences. The seminar brought together a number of high level academics from across and outside the European Union. Current legal developments and future prospects in the area of non-discrimination and gender equality were widely discussed. The programme PDF (90 kB) of the seminar included both plenary sessions and parallel workshops.

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2010 Seminar - Making equality rights work in practice

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On 9 November 2010 the third yearly seminar of the Network 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 137 participants, representatives of the European Commission, EU Member States governments, Equality Bodies and European NGOs.

The objective of the Legal Seminar was to provide the participants with an opportunity to exchange views on the transposition and implementation of EU equality and anti-discrimination Directives and to discuss particular issues of discrimination under the title ‘Making Equality Rights Work in Practice’. The programme PDF (90 kB) of the seminar included both plenary sessions and parallel workshops.

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