Equality Law in Context: Illuminating Intersections in Search for Global Justice

Berkeley Center on Comparative Equality & Anti-Discrimination Law (BCEE)

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Mural painting of Jan is de Man, with books, in Utrecht

It is our great pleasure to welcome you to the tenth annual conference of the Berkeley Center on Comparative Equality & Anti-Discrimination Law (BCEE), to be held in Utrecht, the Netherlands.

Although the legal protection of individuals in case of differences in gender, race, economic class, disability, sexual orientation or identity gained significant steps in the last period, contemporary discrimination is still present today. Each trigger for discrimination has its own global challenges, which are interconnected and mutually reinforcing. Context is crucial to understanding and addressing global problems of inequality and discrimination, as their nature and extent can vary significantly depending on multiple factors such as geography, culture, history, politics and economics, cultural norms, values and beliefs and the legacy of past events, such as colonialism, slavery and apartheid. Context-aware research can lead to more effective and sustainable solutions that address the root causes of inequality and discrimination and promote sustainable progress towards equality. Civil society organisations, such as non-governmental organisations (NGOs), grassroots organisations and interest groups, play a vital role in advocating for change, raising awareness and holding governments and other actors accountable and promoting equality and combating discrimination.

BCCE's 10th annual conference aims to create a sense of community among equality scholars and advocates around the world. We hope to learn from each other as we compare legal problems and borrow insights from other disciplines in our pursuit of innovative ways to redress inequality.

Program & Livestream

Each day there is an exciting plenary panel with speakers from different geographical and institutional settings. 

Plenary Panel 1: Climate-related inequalities
Speakers: Prof. Fatima Denton; Prof. Beth Goldblatt.
Moderator: Dr. Julie Fraser.
Wednesday 28th June, 10:30 - 12:00

Plenary Panel 2: Economic inequality and redistribution
Speakers: Prof. Cathi Albertyn; Prof. Joost de Laat; Dr. Maanik Nath.
Moderator: Prof. Sophie Robin-Oliver.
Thursday 29th June, 12:00. -13:30

Plenary Panel 3: Judging inequalities
Speakers: Judge Dr. Emmanuelle Bribosia (Belgian Constitutional Court); Judge Dr. Ivana Jelic (ECtHR); Judge Dr. Sacha Prechal (CJEU).
Moderator: Nozizwe Dube
Wednesday 30th June, 11:30 -13:00.

You can follow the plenary panels LIVE here

For all the information regarding this conference, please visit the

2023 BCCE Annual Conference Utrecht Website
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University Hall (Academiegebouw) and at Janskerkhof 3

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2023 BCCE Annual Conference Utrecht