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Socio-economic rights in Great Britain – progress since 2016

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You are invited to attend this joint event, hosted by the Equality and Human Rights Commission and Just Fair, to mark the launch of the Commission’s upcoming report on the implementation of economic and social rights in Great Britain.

In June 2016, the UK was examined by the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights against its obligations under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR). The UN Committee’s Concluding Observations include recommendations for the UK Government.

The Commission’s forthcoming report follows up on these recommendations with a particular focus on four priority areas. These are: the status of socio-economic rights in domestic law and policies; the rights to social security and an adequate standard of living; access to employment and just and fair conditions at work; and access to justice.

At this event, participants will have the opportunity to discuss the UK’s progress on economic and social rights, and ways to take forward the 2016 UN recommendations.

The event will be followed by a networking lunch.

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Registration: 9:40 - 10:00

Chair: Jamie Burton, Barrister at Doughty Street Chambers and Just Fair Chair.

Session 1 (10:00 – 11:00):

  • Keynote speech by the Chair of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Virginia Bras-Gomes

  • Presentation by the Ministry of Justice (Dr. Phillip Lee MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice)

  • Launch of the Commission’s update report on ICESCR (David Isaac, Chair).

Session 2 (11:00 – 12:30): Two parallel panel discussions; participants will be free to choose which panel they wish to attend:

  • Panel 1 on the rights to social security and an adequate standard of living, including Carla Clarke (Child Poverty Action Group), Jonathan Portes (author of the Commission’s cumulative impact assessment of tax and welfare reforms between 2010-17), Katie Schmuecker (Joseph Rowntree Foundation) and others, facilitated by Alice Donald (Middlesex University/ Just Fair Trustee).

  • Panel 2 on workers’ rights, including Hannah Reed (TUC), Conor D’Arcy (Resolution Foundation) and others, facilitated by Sarah Veale.

Session 3 (12:45 – 1:15): Where do we go from here?

  • Panel summaries and conclusions by panel rapporteurs.

  • Launch of training materials on socio-economic rights (jointly with Aoife Nolan, University of Nottingham).

  • Jamie Burton, “Why we should take inequality seriously if we care about human rights”.

  • Virginia Bras-Gomes, Concluding remarks.

Networking lunch.

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