Relevant information about the working group
The working group Equality Law in Practice is Equinet’s permanent platform for legal staff of equality bodies to exchange experience, share expertise and work to improve the level of legal protection from discrimination across the EU. The working group focuses on the interpretation of complex legal problems and a comparative analysis of EU and national legislation and jurisprudence in the field of equality and anti-discrimination law.
Focus in 2018
- Discuss recent national and international case law on age discrimination, including the legal work of equality bodies on this ground. The discussions will have a specific focus on the question of retirement age and the related CJEU jurisprudence, but will also address other fields of life, such as goods and services, social protection and healthcare. Discussions will touch upon the role of other grounds intersecting with age as appropriate. Based on these discussions the Working Group will produce a report on age discrimination that will also inform the Equinet seminar on age discrimination.
- Monitor cases communicated by the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) to identify those that are directly relevant for equality and non-discrimination and the work of equality bodies. The Working Group will also contribute to preparing any third party interventions to the ECtHR on cases of high relevance relating to equality and non-discrimination.
- Contribute to the preparation and organization of Equinet conferences and seminars with a legal focus.
- Provide a platform for case workers of equality bodies to request information and advice from each other relating to specific cases.
- Support dissemination, follow-up and use of previously published outputs of the Working Group, including the Discussion paper on Fighting Discrimination on the Ground of Race and Ethnic Origin and the report on freedom of religion and belief and religious discrimination.
Focus in 2017
- National and international case law on discrimination on the basis of religion and belief, including the legal work of equality bodies on this ground. Based on discussions in the Working Group, the group will produce an update to its report ‘A question of faith? Religion and belief in Europe’ published in 2011.
- Monitoring cases communicated by the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) to identify those that are directly relevant for equality and non-discrimination and the work of equality bodies. The Working Group will also contribute to preparing any third party interventions to the ECtHR on cases of high relevance relating to equality and non-discrimination.
- Further use of the Equinet Handbook on ‘How to build a case on equal pay’
- Veronika Bazalova, Office of the Public Defender of Rights (Czech Republic), firstname.lastname@example.org
- Dora Bogardi, Office of the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights (Hungary), email@example.com
1st Meeting – Brussels, 10 May 2017
2nd Meeting – Athens, 10 November 2017
1st Meeting – Brussels, March 2016
2nd Meeting – Riga, Latvia, September 2016
Staff support in the Equinet Secretariat:
Tamás Kádár, Head of Legal and Policy Team
Members and contacts:
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