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DLA Conference July 2022 - booking now open - this year's Conference will explore the role of equality law in addressing social & economic disadvantage and inequalities - nine evening sessions over 2 weeks 18th-28th July starting at 6:00pm

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Please join us for the Discrimination Law Association’s Annual Conference entitled “The role of equality law in addressing social & economic disadvantage and inequalities”.

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The format of the conference will be the same as last year in that it will be held online (via zoom) in a series of nine sessions over two weeks, one session a day starting at 6:00pm, from Monday 18th July to Thursday 28th July.

We have a fantastic line-up of speakers and topics for you which we hope will inspire you to join us, again and again, for stimulating talks and enlightened discussion. The topics and speakers are listed below and in the attached flyer.

The DLA’s 2022 conference will explore the role of equality law in addressing social & economic disadvantage and inequalities. The previous decade of austerity had a disproportionate effect on the working class and minorities, only exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic. How did these inequalities arise and what can we, as activists and lawyers, do about it? Our speakers will look at the current laws available here and in the US to address social and economic disadvantage and seek social justice.

There will also be discussion around the intersectional issues that arise when considering socioeconomic discrimination. This will be complemented by case law updates and practical sessions on utilising current laws to bring claims under the Equality and Human Rights Act.

CONFERENCE PROGRAMME (all sessions start at 6:00pm)

WEEK 1 : 18 – 22 July

Monday 18 July

Zarah Sultana MP

Member of Parliament for Coventry South since the 2019 general election

Tuesday 19 July

Damian Grimshaw

Professor of Employment Studies, Kings College London (previously Director of UN agency, International Labour Organisation)

Discussing his recent work for the International Labour Organisation on inequalities arising from the global pandemic. This will touch on issues regarding minimum wages and digital labour platforms.

Wed 20 July

Laura Redman

Pupil Barrister at Cloisters Chambers (US-qualified social justice lawyer)

Katherine Rosenfeld

Partner, Emery, Celli, Brinckerhoff, Abady, Ward & Maazel, LLP (New York)

Galen Sherwin

Senior Staff Attorney, American Civil Liberties Union, Women’s Rights Project and lecturer in law at Colombia Law School, New York

Perspectives from Across the Pond: Seeking Social Justice and Equality Through Class Action Litigation

Thursday 21 July

Audrey Ludwig

Head of Legal Services & Senior Solicitor at Suffolk Law Centre

The role of the Equality Act in keeping disabled people in work, placing this in a socio-economic context

Friday 22 July

Joel Kendall

Barrister at 12 King's Bench Walk

Providing a round up on recent discrimination case-law

WEEK 2 : 25 – 28 July

Monday 25 July

Kudsia Batool

Head of Equalities & Strategy, Trades Union Congress (TUC)

Discussing the TUC’s 2019 paper on “Building working class power, How to address class inequality today” and how its conclusions are still relevant today

Tuesday 26 July

Deeba Syed

Senior Legal Officer, Rights of Women, also equality and women’s rights campaigner and activist

Intersectional issues in addressing social and economic

Wed 27 July


followed by

Catherine Casserley

Specialist discrimination and equalities barrister, Cloisters Chambers

Discrimination in public functions under the Equality Act 2010, private/public law and the use of human rights arguments

Thursday 28 July

Geraldine Van Bueren QC

Barrister at Doughty Street Chambers, and professor in international human rights law, also Chair of the Association of Working Class Academics. She is a Leverhulme Fellow for her work on social mobility, class and the law and is currently writing a monograph 'Class and Law' (Hart.)

Cracking the Class Ceiling - the Necessary Legal Response

Sessions will be recorded (but not Q&A). Those who register will also be sent a copy of the recordings even if they are unable to attend.

We are delighted to announce that all nine sessions of the Conference will be provided with live captioning kindly sponsored by Edwards Duthie Shamash Solicitors