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Human rights conference on discrimination and inequality

Register now for the Law Society Human Rights Conference 2012: 'The impact of human rights principles on discrimination and inequality'.

Start Date:  10 December 2012                                   
Location:    The Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1PL
CPD hours:  6.00

About the event

This conference enables legal practitioners, judges, scholars, policy-makers and community representatives to exchange views, and consider the impact of human rights principles on discrimination and inequality issues. It offers a mixture of keynote addresses and workshops, as well as informal opportunities to exchange ideas and build relationships.

Why you should attend

The event covers the problems and opportunities relating to the impact of human rights principles on discrimination law, and how delegates can use human rights law in practice. The event focuses on poverty and inequality, and discrimination against women and race.

Expert speakers include Lucy Scott-Moncrieff, president of The Law Society and Kate Green, MP.

The conference will provide you with the in-depth analysis and practical solutions you need to understand:

  • How to use anti-discrimination law
  • How restricting access to justice increases inequality
  • Practical solutions when individual litigation is not possible.

Who should attend

Legal practitioners, academics and policy-makers with an interest in human rights or discrimination law. The event is also recommended to lawyers and students who have a general interest in these areas and want to know more.


Is anti-discrimination law the only vehicle for achieving the full equality that the human rights instruments call for? The human rights vision of equality extends significantly beyond discrimination, to encompass fairness of treatment, dignity, respect and access to the fundamental rights which enable participation in a democratic society.

The conference will examine how to harness human rights principles to strengthen anti-discrimination protection.

There are subtle but important differences between human rights law and anti-discrimination law principles. Some say that human rights case law has been slow to recognise the principle of indirect discrimination. On the other hand, the recognition of ‘positive obligations' on government and public authorities to ensure fair and equal treatment is much stronger in human rights law than in domestic anti-discrimination law.

The conference will highlight ways in which the Human Rights Act can plug some of the gaps in domestic antidiscrimination law (e.g. ‘judicial acts' which are exempt or caring responsibilities which are not recognised under other legislation can receive protection through the ‘right to a fair trial' and the ‘right to family life' under the act).

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