Public Law Project conference will explore how we can create a fairer Wales

A Public Law Project conference which takes place in Cardiff next month will explore what duties public bodies in Wales and England have to promote equality and prevent discrimination – and how those discriminated against can vindicate their rights.

The conference, which takes place on 26th March at Cardiff University, looks at the relevant law, statutes and conventions and at related human rights and public law practice, and is aimed at advisers, civil society activists, academics, policy professionals and lawyers.

Breakout sessions will examine a number of issues including: –

  • Benefit sanctions and Equality Act claims
  • Implementing Welsh homelessness prevention legislation: Lessons for the Homelessness Reduction Act
  • The Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act
  • Legal Aid for discrimination claims
  • Embedding human rights in Welsh legislation
  • Disability discrimination and public law.

Elizabeth Prochaska, Legal Director, Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), will give a presentation on tackling inequality and discrimination, and Marie Brousseau-Navarro, Director of Policy, Legislation and Innovation, Future Generations Commissioner, will discuss the implementation of the Well-Being of Future Generations Act.

At the end of the event a panel of experts will respond to the following question:  Does social and economic legislation specific to Wales enhance equalities and human rights protections?  If so, is it enforceable?

Panel members include:-

  • Alun Thomas, CEO Hafal
  • Marie Brousseau-Navarro, Director of Policy, Legislation and Innovation, Future Generations Commissioner
  • Rhian Davies, Disability Wales
  • Michael Imperato, Watkins and Gunn
  • Dr Simon Hoffman, Swansea University
  • Elizabeth Prochaska, Legal Director, EHRC.

The day event will be opened by Jo Hickman, Director of the Public Law Project, and Jeremy Miles AM, Counsel General for Wales. Sir Wyn Williams, President of Welsh Tribunals, will give a closing address.

For more information on the conference, or to book a place, please click here