Recent Developments In EU Anti-Discrimination Law


Trier, 11-12 April 2011

ERA Conference Centre

Metzer Allee 4, Trier


ERA (Kassiani Christodoulou and

Daniel Gärtner)

in cooperation with the European Commission (Contracting Authority)


English, French and German

(simultaneous interpretation)

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This seminar is part of a series that ERA has organised every year since 2003 devoted to the two European anti-discrimination directives adopted under Article 19 TFEU (ex Article 13 TEC). Directive 2000/43 prohibits all forms of discrimination based on race or ethnic origin in a number of areas. Directive 2000/78 prohibits all forms of discrimination in employment and occupation based on religion or conviction, handicap, age and sexual orientation.

This advanced seminar, specifically addressed to legal practitioners already familiar with EU anti-discrimination law, aims at creating a forum for the exchange of experiences and good practices.

The seminar will focus on certain specific aspects of the Directives, as well as on some of the latest developments in this field. Interaction among participants will be encouraged through periods of discussion and working groups requiring their active participation.


· Klaus Alenfelder, Lawyer, Bonn

· Victoria Chege, Lecturer in Law, University of Oldenburg

· Isabelle Chopin, Deputy Director, Migration Policy Group, Brussels

· Rachel Crasnow, Barrister, Cloisters Chambers, London

· Helmut Graupner, Lawyer, Vienna

· Andre Gubbels, Director-General, Directorate- General for People with Disabilities, Federal Public Service (SPF) for Social Security, Brussels

· Helen Meenan, Solicitor and Visiting Fellow at Kingston University

· Shabname Monnot, Lawyer, Mediator and Trainer, Paris

· Marc Willers, Barrister, Garden Court Chambers, London

This programme is managed by the Directorate- General for Employment, social affairs and equal opportunities of the European Commission. It was established to financially support the implementation of the objectives of the European Union in the employment and social affairs area, as set out in the Social Agenda, and thereby contribute to the achievement of the Lisbon Strategy goals in these fields.

The seven-year Programme targets all stakeholders who can help shape the development of appropriate and effective employment and social legislation and policies, across the EU-27, EFTA-EEA and EU candidate and pre-candidate countries.

PROGRESS’ mission is to strengthen the EU contribution in support of Member States’ commitments. PROGRESS is instrumental in:

• providing analysis and policy advice on PROGRESS policy areas;

• monitoring and reporting on the implementation of EU legislation and policies in PROGRESS policy areas;

• promoting policy transfer, learning and support among Member States on EU objectives and priorities; and

• relaying the views of stakeholders and society at large

For more information see:

This training session is commissioned under the European Union’s Programme for Employment and Social Solidarity – PROGRESS (2007-2013).

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