The EHRC’s Work on Religion or Belief : Seminar

In Collaboration with Cheshire, Halton and Warrington Race and Equality Centre.

Attendance is free but places are limited

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Link to The EHRC’s Work on Religion or Belief : Seminar event
Wednesday, 9th September, 2015
17:00 - 19:00
University of Chester, Law School 67 Liverpool Road, Chester, CH2 1AW

The Forum for Research into Equality and Diversity will be running a 2 hour seminar on the 9th of September focusing upon the Equality and Human Right’s Commission’s policy, research and legal work on the issues of religion or belief.

The seminar will be led by Dr David Perfect who will present a paper entitled ‘The EHRC’s work on religion or belief’. The paper will examine the EHRC's research, legal, policy and guidance work on religion or belief. The focus will be on its recent and ongoing commissioned work. This includes a call for evidence on religion or belief in the workplace and service delivery; a review of the interpretation and effectiveness of equality and human rights law relating to religion or belief; and the preparation and guidance for employers and service providers on key religion or belief topics.

The EHRC is will be also be preparing a report outlining its recommendations on the religion or belief legal framework by the end of 2015. Some of the key issues that this report is expected to explore will be outlined in order to facilitate a broader discussion on the strengths and weaknesses of the current legal framework.

Dr David Perfect: works for the EHRC as a Research Manager, having previously worked in the same capacity at the Equal Opportunities Commission. Since 2011, he has also been a Visiting Research Associate at the University of Chester.

At the EHRC, he is part of the team working on the implementation of the EHRC's strategy on religion or belief in public life. He is the author of several papers and chapters on religion or belief, most recently a co-authored chapter (with Rebecca Catto) on religious literacy, equalities and human rights in A. Dinham and M. Francis (eds), Religious literacy in policy and practice (Policy Press, 2015).

Dr Perfect also researches and writes on the politics and history of The Gambia and has co-authored two books on this subject.

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