The Impact of Brexit on Equality Rights
British Academy, London
28th September at 8 am – 10 am.
The government has expressed its commitment to maintain equalities legislation post Brexit. However, as the House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee recognised in its report in February, this is more complex than merely transposing legislation. This workshop brings together a select group of stakeholders, policy-makers, practitioners and scholars, to reflect on how to ensure robust protection of the fundamental right to equality after Brexit.
The workshop is being organised by Professor Sandra Fredman, Professor Alison Young and Dr Meghan Campbell under the auspices of the Oxford Human Rights Hub and supported by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). The workshop is closed event and will be held under Chatham House rules to guarantee free and open discussion.
The workshop will explore the following key questions:
How can the right to equality best be protected and advanced while at the same time respecting Parliamentary sovereignty?
Should there be a preamble stating the values behind the Equality Act to guide judicial interpretation? Should there be a ‘no-regression’ clause to protect existing rights?
Should the existing case-law from the Court of Justice of the European Union continue to play a role in the development of the right to equality, and if so what role?
What role should the Human Rights Act play in protecting equality rights and should the UK’s remaining international commitments on the right to equality be given a more prominent role after Brexit?
How should particular rights be protected, for example rights to equal pay for work of equal value, protection for pregnant workers and parental leave and equal rights for part-time workers?
The workshop is designed to test the theoretical and practical feasibility of possible legal and policy strategies to ensure a robust right to equality in the UK post-Brexit so that the UK can continue to enforce key British values of tolerance and acceptance, facilitate social mobility and address the needs of those who are ‘just about managing’. The workshop will serve as a springboard for developing solutions to current problems which work for all those affected by the protection of the right to equality.