In 2020, the Equality Act 2010 (EA) celebrates its ten-year anniversary. The UK courts have built up an extensive body of jurisprudence critically engaging with the provisions of the Act and its contribution to the right to equality. Now is an opportune moment to take stock of the successes and failures and to look towards the next ten years and beyond of the EA.
The U of OxHRH J is putting together a special issue exploring UK equality law and the impact of the EA. We would welcome submissions on topics relating to the Act, including the following broad topics:
- The meaning of the right to equality
- The relationship between different meanings of discrimination in the Act, such as direct and indirect discrimination, reasonable adjustment, victimization, and harassment
- The development and evolution of specific protected characteristics
- EA and challenging austerity
- The impact of the Public Sector Equality Duty (s 149 of the EA)
- The role of justifications
- The relationship between EA and Article 14 of the Human Rights Act 1998
- Comparisons between the EA and the right to equality in other jurisdictions and international human rights law
- Any other proposed aspect of the EA
We particularly welcome submissions which include a discussion of the ways forward and future developments for EA.
Submissions should be between 5000 and 10,000 words and be consistent with the U of OxHRH J house style. Submissions will be reviewed and published on a rolling basis throughout 2020. We ask those who are interested in participating in this special issue to send in an expression of interest, consisting of a title and an abstract of about 500 words by October 31, 2019.