British Developments in Non-Discrimination Law: The Equality Act

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Mark Bell

Trinity College Dublin; University of California, Berkeley - Berkeley Comparative Equality & Anti-Discrimination Law Study Group

Date Written: June 1, 2011

Abstract

This paper examines the Equality Act 2010 and considers the extent to which it meets the objectives of the law reform process. At its core, there are two key aims identified in the Act: ‘to reform and harmonise equality law’, and ‘to increase equality of opportunity’. The first aim might be characterised as more technical in nature. It entailed the challenging process of consolidating many different legal instruments into one legislative Act, while at the same time modernising the legislation in various respects. The second aim is profoundly ambitious as it explicitly seeks to bring about a particular social change. This paper considers how the Equality Act measures up to both of these objectives.

Keywords: equality, discrimination, Britain, positive action, reform, harmonisation

Suggested Citation

Bell, Mark, British Developments in Non-Discrimination Law: The Equality Act (June 1, 2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2348038 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2348038

Mark Bell (Contact Author)

Trinity College Dublin ( email )

School of Law
College Green
Dublin, 2
Ireland

University of California, Berkeley - Berkeley Comparative Equality & Anti-Discrimination Law Study Group

Boalt Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720-7200
United States

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