Speakers’ biographies

‘Conflicts between the right to equal treatment and other fundamental rights’ (12- 13 September 2011, Vienna)

Sofie D’Hulster

Sofie D’Hulster is an Expert on cyber hate at the Belgium Centre for Equal Opportunities and Opposition to Racism

Sofie D’Hulster received her master degree in 2003 from the Faculty of Political and Social Science at the University of Ghent. In 2009 she obtained her degree Intercultural Communication and Diversity Management. From 2003 until 2006 she worked as a journalist at the Broadcast Assistance Company related to the Public Broadcasting Company (VRT).

In 2007 she started working on the subject of online Hate Speech at the Centre for Equal opportunities and opposition to Racism (the national equality body in Belgium). She is currently dealing with complaints of online racism and discrimination, organises awareness raising activities in schools and for moderators and she cooperates with different national and international organizations to counter and address all forms of online racism and discrimination.

Aileen McColgan

Aileen McColgan is Professor of Human Rights Law at King’s College London, where she has taught since 1991. She also practices as a barrister, her practice being mainly in public/human rights, equality/discrimination and employment law.

She is the UK National Expert on the European Networks of Legal Experts in the Field of Gender Equality and of Experts in the Non-discrimination Field, acted as legal adviser to the Forum on a Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland in 2007-8 and is Vice President of the Institute of Employment Rights; an editor of the Education Law Reports; a member of the editorial committees of Public Law, European Human Rights Law Review and the International Journal of Discrimination and the Law; a trustee of the British Institute of Human Rights and a former Executive Committee Member of the Human Rights Lawyers Association and the Industrial Law Society. Aileen has published very widely on human rights, discrimination and employment law.

Peter Reading

Peter Reading is the Director of Legal Policy at the Equality and Human Rights Commission where he has been involved in a number of projects including:

– securing the landmark Equality Act in 2010,

– engaging with the United Nations treaty monitoring processes, including the CERD examination in August this year; and

– working on the Commission’s recent interventions in the European Court of Human Rights on freedom of religion.

Previously he worked as the Head of European and International Legal Policy at the Commission for Racial Equality, and as a Parliamentary Officer at Amnesty International UK.

Peter is also currently an independent consultant to Warwick University on equality and human rights, an Executive Board Member of the Discrimination Law Association and is a co-author of the Oxford University Press, Blackstone’s Guide to the Equality Act.

Peter is the moderator of the Equinet’s working group ‘Equality Law in Practice’.

Anne Weber

Anne Weber is Legal Adviser in the Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights, Council of Europe, and was previously Legal Assistant in the UNHCR Representation to the European Institutions.

She received her PhD in Human Rights Law from Strasbourg and Geneva Universities. Her research interests include human rights protections systems, asylum and migration issues, hate speech, and she participated in various research projects on the functioning of the European Court of Human Rights.

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