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Seminar 2: Exploring the Alternatives

The University of Warwick and University of Southampton Law Schools hosted our second seminar at the University of Warwick Brussels Office on 17 October 2017. This was a forum to discuss specific policy proposals (made in our draft policy paper and brief) for adapting the current EU equality legislative and policy frameworks, to improve their feasibility and encourage their adoption. ​

The seminar opened with keyotes by MEP (Greens) Jean Lambert and the European Commission's Monika Ladmanová. Invited speakers included European Commission officials, representatives of civil society, trade unions, a range of NGOs, and EU law academics. Watch a brief video about the seminar here.


9:00-9:45 Welcome and Opening Remarks

Κeynote speeches by Jean Lambert, MEP, European Parliament and Ms Monika Ladmanová, Adviser in the Cabinet of DG Justice and Consumers, European Commission

9:45 - 10:45 Session 1: Accommodating religious beliefs and their manifestations at work. What answer at the EU level?

• Elise Muir, KU Leuven
• Martin Gurvich, ENORB
• Tamas Kadar, Equinet
• Lilla Farkas, Human Rights Lawyer, member of European Network of Experts in the Non-discrimination field and associate policy analyst at Migration Policy Group

10:45 – 11:00 Coffee break
11:00-12:00 Session 2: Gender equality and new EU approaches to working time and work-life balance

• Mary Collins, European Women’s Lobby
• Barbara Heferrich, European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC)
• Fabian Lutz and Alvaro Oliveira, European Commission
• Paola Panzeri, COFACE Families Europe

12:00-13:00 Session 3 Gender identity discrimination: Reconsidering protection at EU level

• Christa Tobler, Universities of Basel and Leiden
• Richard Koehler, Transgender Europe
• Constantin Cojocariu, International Human Rights Lawyer

13:00-13:15 Closing Remarks

Ania Zbyszewska and Sara Benedi Lahuerta

13:15 Networking lunch



Read our draft recommendations and let us know what you think:

Policy Brief October 2017