On 27 and 28 October 2022 Equinet hosted an in-person training in Brussels on the use of equality data in non-discrimination legal casework. The training brought together members of the Equinet Working Groups on Research and Data Collection and Equality Law in order to reinforce links between Equality Bodies’ legal casework and their work related to the collection and use of equality data.
Find below the training’s learning materials available for download.
The European Handbook on Equality Data defines equality data as ‘any piece of information that is useful for the purposes of describing and analysing the state of equality’. The information may be quantitative or qualitative in nature. It could include aggregate data that reflect inequalities or their causes or effects in society. Sometimes data that are collected primarily for reasons other than equality-related purposes can be used for producing equality data.
Accurate and comparable equality data is essential in enabling adjudicators to assess cases of discrimination using a contextual analysis of group vulnerability and marginalization. It allows Equality Bodies as both adjudicators and litigators to better design, implement, and monitor purposeful casework strategies. Equality data are a powerful tool in the effective protection of complainants against bias and exclusion.
The need to improve the collection of reliable and comparable data at European and national level has been emphasised in a number of European Commission initiatives, including the Gender Equality Strategy, the LGBTIQ Equality Strategy, the EU Roma Strategic Framework and the Anti-racism Action Plan.
The purpose of this training was to increase the capacity of Equality Bodies’ staff to effectively identify and use research and data in non-discrimination legal casework by focusing on:
Equinet partnered with Margarita Ilieva to deliver this interactive training. Margarita Ilieva is an international equality lawyer and law analyst, member of the European Network of Legal Experts in Gender Equality and Non-Discrimination and of the OHCHR Advisory Committee for the development of A Practical Guide to Developing Comprehensive Anti-Discrimination Legislation. She has litigated landmark cases, such as Behar and Gutman v. Bulgaria, Budinova and Chaprazov v. Bulgaria, Yordanova and Others v. Bulgaria, as well as other noteworthy cases including Oganezova v. Armenia and Karaahmed v. Bulgaria. Margarita Ilieva regularly trains European judges and lawyers on behalf of the Academy of European Law (ERA) and ODIHR/ OSCE. In 2021-22, she was a strategic litigation adviser for TGEU and CJEU case law analyst for ILGA. In 2022, she conducted a comparative analysis of EU equality bodies’ work on hate crime and hate speech on behalf of FRA.