Jean Monnet Symposium: The European Union as Protector and Promoter of Equality

The Jean Monnet Chair for European Integration, Anti-Discrimination, Human Rights and Diversity (Prof. Giegerich) is organising an international and interdisciplinary symposium at the European Academy Otzenhausen on the role of the European Union in the protection and promotion of equality from 28-30 March 2019.

At the Jean-Monnet-Symposium: The European Union as Protector and Promoter of Equality, we want to take a closer look at the principle of equality as a fundamental value of the European Union as well as various recent issues of EU antidiscrimination law.

Increasing attacks and resentment against particularly exposed groups (esp. migrants, refugees, members of religious minorities and LGBTI-persons) have raised the importance of equality and antidiscrimination issues. Since the foundation of the United Nations, equality and non-discrimination have been core principles of the international community, as is made obvious by the UN Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The European Convention on Human Rights as well as EU law prohibit discrimination and the EU is virtually founded on the values of equality and non-discrimination. The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU contains the most modern and extensive catalogue of prohibited grounds of discrimination. European integration has given new impulses to antidiscrimination law both within Europe and beyond.

The conference aims at improving our understanding of the European Union as a project with an important antidiscrimination goal. While the concepts of diversity, pluralism and equality are inherent in European integration, we will analyse how effective the EU has been in combatting discrimination inside and outside Europe. 

We will take a multinational and interdisciplinary approach, looking at different aspects of the topic and examining them from various intra- and extra-European angles.

More information on the conference can be found in the [External]PROGRAM.

If you have any questions, please contact Ass. iur. Christina Backes, lic. en droit via [External]