Applying EU Anti-Discrimination Law


The seminar will provide participants with an overview of the two European directives prohibiting discrimination on the grounds of race or ethnic origin in a number of areas, as well as on disability, age, sexual orientation or religion/belief in employment and occupation.

Key topics

Overview of the EU legislation on equal treatment and its relationship with the EU Charter, the European Convention, and United Nations human rights treaties
Definition of key concepts (direct discrimination, indirect discrimination, harassment)
Burden of proof and access to evidence
Remedies and sanctions
Different protected grounds, with special attention to the case law of the Court of Justice of the European Union

Who should attend?

Participation is only open to legal practitioners (for example, from trade unions or employers’ associations, NGOs, labour inspectorates, equality bodies, etc.) from the EU, Iceland and Liechtenstein.

Application procedure

No seminar fee. Participation on selection. Selected participants will receive a significant contribution to their travel and accommodation costs.

The number of places at the event is limited and participation is subject to a selection procedure.

The application period starts around 3 months before the event. A detailed seminar programme as well as an online application form, indicating a deadline for submitting the application, will then be available on this website. A response will be given to every applicant shortly after the deadline.