Lizzie Barmes, Professor of Labour Law at the School of Law at Queen Mary University of London, and Codirecter of the School of Law Centre for Research on Law, Equality and Diversity (LEAD), has written a blog for the Oxford Human Rights Hub on a recent Parliamentary report on the use of non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) in discrimination cases, particularly as they apply to settlement.
On 11 April 2019, LEAD held a joint seminar with the Centre for Sexuality, Race and Gender Justice, University of Kent and the Judicial Diversity Initiative on ‘Current Issues in Judicial Diversity’. It included papers by Kcasey McLoughlin (Lecturer in Law, University of Newcastle, Australia) and Lewis Graham (PhD student, University of Cambridge). Discussants were Hilary Sommerlad (University of Leeds) and Rosemary Hunter (University of Kent), followed by a Roundtable discussion of current research on the judiciary and judicial diversity.
The Centre hosted an interdisciplinary workshop on Gender segregation and deconstruction in the UK organised jointly by LEAD and the School of Law, Politics and Sociology, Sussex University. The workshop was attended by participants from law, sociology, linguistics, politics and other disciplines from around the UK and overseas. The discussion covered a range of issues relating to the challenges to conceptions of gender which are emerging. It explored the question of how this trend can be reconciled with the growing pressure for greater binary gender-differentiation in services, employment and facilities. The workshop asked what the implications are of these trends for the wider gender equality project, specifically for enhancing the agency, freedom and capabilities of women and girls.
On 11 November 2018 LEAD collaborated with Jane McNeill QC, Camilla Palmer QC and YESS (Your Employment Settlement Service) to hold a Second Roundtable on Dispute Resolution in the Workplace. Gill Dix of ACAS spoke before a roundtable about current dispute resolution challenges in the employment and equality field.
Lizzie Barmes submitted written evidence to the Women and Equalities Select Committee Inquiry into Enforcement of the Equality Act 2010: the law and the role of the EHRC.
The Centre hosted the launch of the book International Courts and the African Woman Judge: Unveiled Narratives (Routledge, 2018). The book examines the life and professional accomplishments of seven women judges from African countries who have served or are serving on international courts and tribunals. Read more here.
Lizzie Barmes submitted written evidence to the Women and Equalities Select Committee Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in the Workplace.
Stuart Goosey was recently awarded his PhD for his thesis on ‘A Pluralist Theory of Age Discrimination’, supervised by Professors Barmes and Malleson. Stuart’s thesis was examined by Professor Colm O’Cinneide at the Faculty of Laws, UCL and Professor Jonathan Wolff at the Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford University.
On 3 October 2017 LEAD collaborated with the Advisory Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) and YESS (Your Employment Settlement Service) in organizing a round table about employment dispute resolution. There was a wide range of participants who brought distinctive experience and expertise, for example from the Employment Tribunals, TUC, Citizens Advice Bureaux, the Equality and Diversity Forum and the Free Representation Unit. We hope now to build on this in further collaborative work on enhancing employment dispute resolution and raising workplace standards.
Four of the papers from the LEAD Diversity and Legal Reasoning workshop have now been published in feminists@law
The JUSTICE Working Party on judicial diversity, which included LEAD member Professor Rosemary Hunter, published its report 'Increasing judicial diversity': The report gave practical recommendations, exploring the structural barriers faced by women, people from visible ethnic minorities and those from less advantaged socio-economic backgrounds in reaching the bench. It also explained why diversity is a vital constitutional issue, calls for systemic changes to increase accountability and improve recruitment processes, and proposes more inclusive routes to the senior bench.
In March 2017 Lizzie Barmes was awarded the 2017 Hart Socio Legal Book Prize for Bullying and Behavioural Conflict at Work: The Duality of Individual Rights (OUP, 2016). Find out more.
- 29 June
LEAD and Equality and Diversity Forum Research Network held a joint seminar on Fair Treatment at Work, including presentations from ACAS, Employers Network on Equality and Inclusion and Stonewall. Video and written report of the event is available here.
- 20 June
- Professor Lizzie Barmes gave a presentation on ‘The Qualitative Analysis of Judgments’ to the Cardiff Law School workshop on Gender Rules: Research Methods in Law. Watch the podcast here.
- 28 March
Professor Lizzie Barmes writes QMUL blog post on 'The challenges of working life in an era of individual of legal rights'
- 21 March
New Undergraduate module on Equality and the Law
- 16 March
Professor Lizzie Barmes speaks in the Fairness at Work Research Centre seminar series
- 16 March
Professor Kate Malleson contributes to a panel session for the LSE commission on gender inequality's report on confronting gender inequality
- 16 November
Professor Rosemary Hunter, Professor Kate Malleson and Professor Lizzie Barmes pens letter for The Law Society Gazette on Legal diversity’s retreating horizon.
- 7 October
Professor Kate Malleson - "Gender inequality damages the judicial system"
- 23 July
'If judges and QCs are in the Garrick it sends out the wrong message' Professor Kate Malleson in The Times
- 5 June
Individualised approach to merit will not deliver equality in public and working life - If we want more diversity in our courts, boardrooms, and parliaments, then our individualised approach to merit may “now require quite a serious rethink”, according to Baroness Brenda Hale of Richmond. She was speaking at the launch of the QMUL Centre for Research on Law, Equality and Diversity, at which the discussion topic was ‘positive action in public and working life’.