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Legal Seminar 2014 – Enforcement of equality and anti-discrimination law

On 28 November 2014 the seventh annual legal seminar of the European Network of Legal Experts in the Non-discrimination Field was organised in cooperation with the European Network of Legal Experts in the field of Gender Equality (managed by the Faculty of Law at Utrecht University). The seminar attracted 141 participants, including representatives of the European Commission, of EU Member States governments, of Equality Bodies and of EU-umbrella organisations. The seminar also brought together a number of high level academics from across the European Union.

Workshop - Parental leave and the reconciliation of work and family life

The following issues were discussed:

  • The implementation of the Directive 2010/18 seems to cause few problems in the ‘technical’ sense, as the national provisions mostly fulfil the requirements.
  • Yet, maternity leave and parental leave (and paternity leave where in use) are not used in a sequential manner implied by the EU legislation;  there are lacunae and  complicated rules in national law, as demonstrated by a case study presented in the session.

Workshop - Burden of proof

The following issues were discussed:

  • The different practicing of the burden of proof rule in member states begs standard setting by the CJEU as there is imperfect understanding of how the rule applies regarding establishing the prima facie cases that shifts the burden of proof.
  • The issue of stereotypes and how to deal with these: is there a difference if statements have been stated publicly or not?

Legal Seminar 2013 - Equality Law: What kind of Equality?

On 29 November 2013 the sixth annual legal seminar of the European Network of Legal Experts in the Non-discrimination Field was organised in cooperation with the European Network of Legal Experts in the field of Gender Equality (managed by the Faculty of Law at Utrecht University). The seminar attracted 141 participants, including representatives of the European Commission, of EU Member States governments, of Equality Bodies and of EU-umbrella organisations. The seminar also brought together a number of high level academics from across the European Union. The feedback from the participants, collected through a satisfaction survey (PDF 90 kB) resulted ina good rating.

Legal Seminar 2011: Approaches to Equality and Non-discrimination Legislation inside and outside the EU

On 4 October 2011 the fourth yearly seminar of the Network was organised in cooperation with the European Network of Legal Experts in the field of Gender Equality (managed by the Faculty of Law at Utrecht University). The seminar attracted 158 participants, representatives of the European Commission, EU Member States governments, Equality Bodies and European NGOs. The feedback from the participants, collected through a satisfaction survey (PDF 76 kB)resulted in a good rating.

Workshop - Update on European case law

The following issues were discussed:

  • The interrelation of different legal systems of protection against discrimination, especially EU law and the ECHR. Are there different approaches, conceptual frameworks or policy decisions discernible in the different systems?
  • How is religion treated in anti-discrimination law?

Workshop - Self-employment

The following issues were discussed:

  • Question of scope – both personal and material scope – of Directive 2010/41. The material scope is very unclear both to whom it applies and to what.
  • The Directive has little impact. It is not visible and needs to be better publicised.

Workshop - Sexual orientation

The following issues were discussed:

  • When dealing with sexual orientation, is it more useful to stress positive measures (positive action) or adapting/using the concept of reasonable accommodation?
  • Are there any examples of good practice regarding positive measures on sexual orientation?

Legal Seminar 2012 - Equality Law for Everyone: Challenges Ahead

On 26 November 2012 the fifth yearly legal seminar of the European Network of Legal Experts in the Non-Discrimination Field was organised in cooperation with the European Network of Legal Experts in the field of Gender Equality (managed by the Faculty of Law at Utrecht University). The seminar attracted 161 participants, representatives of the European Commission, EU Member States governments, Equality Bodies and EU-umbrella organisations. The feedback from the participants, collected through a satisfaction survey (PDF 76 kB) resulted in a good rating.

Legal Seminar 2010 Making Equality Rights Work in Practice

 On 9 November 2010 the third yearly seminar of the Network was organised in cooperation with the European Network of Legal Experts in the field of Gender Equality (managed by the Faculty of Law at Utrecht University).  The seminar attracted 137 participants, representatives of the European Commission, EU Member States governments, Equality Bodies and European NGOs.

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