CONFERENCE: 'The Equality Act 2010: five-years on'

Organised by the Forum for Research into Equality and Diversity, University of Chester, in collaboration with the School of Law and Social Justice, University of Liverpool.

Presentation slides, videos and photographs courtesy of www.yanaphotography.co.uk (part 1 and part 2) are now available for this conference.

Link to CONFERENCE: 'The Equality Act 2010: five-years on' event
Monday, 22nd June, 2015
09:00 - 17:00
A one- day conference, University of Chester.

Conference Themes

We are now approaching the five-year anniversary of the introduction of the Equality Act 2010. This has arguably been one of the most important and challenging pieces of legislation introduced in the last decade. As such, it is a timely opportunity to bring together those who are researching and practising in this area to contribute to a review of the implications of this legislation five years on. The conference sought to undertake a review of the implications of the Equality Act 2010 and encouraged contributions from those conducting socio-legal and scholarly research in this area.

The Conference offered the opportunity to explore the impact of the Equality Act 2010 and to also consider the way in which this legislation will continue in its purpose to promote equality and protect against discrimination into the 21st Century.

Further, we are delighted that the editors of the peer-reviewed International Journal of Discrimination and the Law (Print ISSN: 1358-2291, Online ISSN: 2047-9468) have agreed to host a special double edition of the journal based on the Equality Act 2010 Conference to be published in 2016.

Suggested themes for exploration included (but were not limited to):

  • The Public Sector Equality Duty;
  • Intersectionality;
  • Hierarchy of Protected Characteristics;
  • Positive Action;
  • Implications of the Equality Act 2010 for charities/the voluntary sector;
  • Education;
  • Strategic Enforcement.

 

Date

This conference was held at the University of Chester on Monday 22nd June 2015, from 9.30am – 4.30pm.

A networking drinks reception was held following the conference, from 5pm to 6pm.

This drinks reception was very kindly sponsored by Oliver James Associates. Established in 2002, Oliver James Associates is a specialist recruitment partner to the financial services and insurance sector placing mid-senior level professionals on a permanent or contract basis. Operating from offices in London, Manchester, Amsterdam, Zurich and Hong Kong the award-winning business has grown conistently since inception to become a genuine leader in supplying skilled professionals to the industry.

 

Location

  • The Binks Building, University of Chester, Parkgate Road, Chester, CH1 4BJ.

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Key Note Speakers

We were delighted that Professor Sir Bob Hepple QC  and Colm O'Cinneide provided keynote presentations at the conference.

Professor Sir Bob Hepple QC:

Professor Sir Bob Hepple QC, FBA is Emeritus Master of Clare College, and Emeritus Professor of Law, University of Cambridge. He is Honorary President of the Industrial Law Society and of the Equal Rights Trust. In 2013 the International Labour Law Research Network gave him an award for distinguished career contribution to labour law, and in 2014 he was awarded the South African Order of Luthuli (Gold) for his exceptional contribution to the struggle for human rights and democracy.

Colm O'Cinneide:

Colm O'Cinneide is a Reader in Law at University College London. He has published extensively in the field of human rights and anti-discrimination law, and is currently the General Rapporteur of the European Committee on Social Rights of the Council of Europe. He has also acted as specialist legal adviser to the Joint Committee on Human Rights of the UK Parliament in respect of the Equality Act 2010, and is a member of the academic advisory panel of Blackstone Chambers

 

International Journal of Discrimination and the Law

All abstracts for successful paper and poster proposals were published in our conference proceedings. The editors of the peer-reviewed International Journal of Discrimination and the Law (IJDL) will be hosting a special double edition of the journal based on the Equality Act 2010 Conference to be published in 2016.

Conference presenters and other delegates were invited to submit papers for consideration for publication to the IJDL following the conference. Closing date for submissions of papers was the 10th July 2015. Following a process of peer-review, an offer of publication will be made on or before the 3rd August 2015. Successful full papers for publication in the IJDL should be received on or before the 30th September 2015 and will be subject to a process of peer review.

 

Timescales

 

   
  • Deadline for submission of new or modified publication proposal
10th July 2015
  • Offer of publication in the IJDL        
3rd August 2015
  • Full papers for publication in the IJDL to be received  
30th September 2015