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"Setting the Scene" is the first of two seminars organised within the project "Rethinking EU Equality Law: Towards a More Coherent and Sustainable Regime". The project seeks to develop practical and realizable proposals for improving EU equality law (especially in the context of employment) and to encourage broader support campaigns that can build momentum to persuade policymakers to implement the proposed policy changes.

This first seminar will examine the evolution of EU equality law, its strengths, weaknesses and upcoming challenges, to stimulate a dialogue on the future of EU equality law and to set the scene for the second seminar with advocacy groups and end-users of EU equality law.

The speakers will be EU policymakers (European Commission), representatives of equality bodies and the Court of Justice of the European Union, as well as academics with expertise in the subject matter.


The research that will be the basis for the seminar discussions stems from the organisers' collaboration within the context of a British Academy-funded group project 'Future Directions of EU Labour Law'.

The organisers would like to thank the Economic and Social Research Council Impact Acceleration Accounts (ESRC IAA) at Southampton and Warwick, Warwick's Institute of Advanced Study, the Society of Legal Scholars (SLS), and the University of Warwick Brussels Office for their funding and in-kind contributions to this project. The full list of project supporters and partners is available here.

Participation in this seminar is free of charge but registration is required for organisational and catering purposes.



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9:45-10:00 Opening


Session 1 Development of EU Equality Law: Aims, Obstacles, Milestones, Achievements
Chair: Ania Zbyszewska (Warwick)

Discussant: Jeremias Prassl (Oxford)

10:00 - 11:15 The Institutional Perspective

  • Alvaro Oliveira, Fabian Luetz (EC): ‘Obstacles affecting the substance of EU equality and working time law’
  • Hubert de Verdelhan (CJEU): ‘The role of the CJEU in the development of EU equality legislation’
  • Equality and Human Rights Commission (tbc): ‘Equality bodies before and after the 2000 Directives - the case of the UK’

11:15 - 11:30 Coffee break

11:30-12:45 The Academic Perspective

  • Erica Howard (Middlessex): ‘The evolution of EU equality law since the insertion of Art. 13 EC: The new grounds - drivers & reasons for different levels of protection’
  • Nicole Busby (Strathclyde): ‘The evolution of gender equality and related policies in the sphere of employment – the case of working time’
  • Colm O'Cinneide (UCL): ‘The evolution of EU equality law from a constitutional perspective’

12:45-13:45 Lunch break


Session 2 Towards More Coherence? Possibilities and Proposals

Chair: Sara Benedi-Lahuerta (Southampton)

Discussant: Jeremias Prassl (Oxford)

13:45-15:15 Coherence in practice and the role of the EU Charter and Equality Bodies

  • Sjoerd Feenstra (EC): ‘Is more coherence required within EU equality law and across related policies? How do we get there?’
  • Sara Iglesias (CJEU): ‘More coherence through case law? Potential of the EU Charter’
  • Tamas Kadar (Equinet): ‘How can equality bodies contribute to achieve a more coherent legal and policy framework?’

15:15-15:30 Coffee break

15:30-16:45 The Future of EU Equality Law

  • Mark Bell (Trinity College): ‘The future evolution: article 19 TFEU new grounds’
  • Ann Numhauser-Henning (Lund): ‘The future evolution: gender and working time’
  • Dagmar Schiek (QU Belfast): ‘How should EU equality law evolve to address intersectionality claims?’

16:45-17:00: Closing Remarks



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REGISTRATIONS CLOSE on Wednesday 10th MAY at 9am GMT.



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