The Implications of Brexit on Equality Rights
27 Apr 2017, 8am | British Academy

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. The workshop The Implications of Brexit on Equality Rights 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 will be held under Chatham House rules to guarantee free and open discussion.

Some possible questions which you might want to address are the following:

  • 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 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?


Unfortunately, this event is closed to the public.