Building on the success of past editions, Equinet organized on 28 March 2012 its fourth High-Level Legal Seminar on “Discrimination cases in front of the European Courts and the role of national equality bodies”.
Last year Equinet organised a highly appreciated 3rd edition of its Legal Seminar on the topic of Legal Developments and Concepts in the Field of Equality and Non-Discrimination in Europe. Building on the very positive feedback received for that event, Equinet this year aimed to provide senior legal expert participants with insights into the cutting edge of European court cases and procedures in the field of equality and non-discrimination.
This year’s Legal Seminar, which was held on 28 March 2012, addressed the topic of Discrimination cases in front of the European Courts and the role of National Equality Bodies. The seminar:
– presented recent developments in the CJEU’s judgments with regard to equal treatment;
– explored and discussed how national equality bodies can make use of their powers in relation to litigation before national and European courts;
– discussed possible and potential interpretations of the existing laws;
– provided an opportunity for senior lawyers of national equality bodies to meet and exchange with other senior legal experts and practitioners in the field of non-discrimination law.
The seminar was adressed to legal experts and practitioners involved in anti-discrimination law – including senior legal staff/experts from national equality bodies, from the European Institutions, agencies and other international organisations, from national and European NGOs, the academic world and social partners active in the field of non-discrimination and equal treatment law.
Equinet has compiled a summary of the main discussions, arguments and ideas from the seminar. You can access this summary below.
2012 Equinet Legal Seminar Summary
The agenda of the seminar, which can be downloaded here, was developed around the following general structure:
Other relevant items from the participants’ information packs include the speakers’ biographies, the list of registered participants, and two publications (the Equinet report on Influencing the law through legal proceedings – Powers and practices of equality bodies, and the EC publication How to present a discrimination claim – Handbook on seeking remedies under the EU Non-discrimination Directives).
Several presentations and speeches delivered by the speakers are available below:
Apart from these items, of further interest would also be the latest Case Law Update to the Handbook on non-discrimination developed by the FRA-ECtHR (available for download here).
Cases (ECJ database is available here):
Session 1: Feryn (C-54/07); Coleman (C-303/06); N.S. v Home Department (C-411/10);
Session 2: Dorsch (C-54/96); Belov (C-394/11);
Session 3: Ladele, Eweida, McFarlane petitions to the ECtHR; AG Opinion in Galina Meister case (C-415/10); Prigge v Lufthansa (C-447/09); Wolf (C-229/08); Petersen (C-341/08); Fuchs & Koehler v Land Hessen (C-159/10 and C-160/10).