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Noel McGuirk, University of Lancaster,; Kathryn McNeilly, Queen's University Belfast; Severyna Magill, Sheffield Hallum University,; Shahab Saqib; David Barrett, University of Exeter,

This session invites contributions from different jurisdictions which explore issues within the fields of law, equality, human rights and/or discrimination (all broadly defined). Equality and human rights laws are increasingly important, both domestically, regionally and internationally, with such laws frequently forming a backdrop to twenty-first century phenomena such as socio-economic inequality, radicalisation and terrorism, the refugee crisis, marriage inequality, hate crime and gender inequality.  Equality and human rights are also under threat with uncertainty surrounding the future of equality and human rights law following the UK leaving the European Union and moves towards a UK Bill of Rights.

This session aims to explore questions about the role of equality and human rights law, both now and in the future, as a tool to address wide-ranging and persistent forms of inequality and human rights abuses.  Papers could cover a wide variety of topics including (but not limited to) drafting, interpretation or enforcement, of equality and human rights laws, as well as individuals’ or groups’ experiences of inequality and human rights abuses.  The stream welcomes papers utilising a variety of approaches and perspectives including theoretical, interdisciplinary, empirical, comparative, and socio-legal contributions.  Papers from researchers at any stage of their career are welcome.

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