Parity and clarity: The case for reforming hate crime law

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Katharine Knox, our Head of Research and Policy Impact, reports on our recent seminar on legal reform of hate crime.

In EDF’s recent seminar on hate crime, participants identified a particular need for two things in hate crime law: parity and clarity. With a 17% increase in reported hate crime last year, and given the Law Commission’s review into hate crime law starting in 2019, we gathered experts together to consider the priorities for legal reform.

European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights report: Being Black in the EU

‘In the 21st century, there is no excuse for racial discrimination. Yet black people in the EU today are still victims of widespread and unacceptable levels of discrimination and harassment simply because of their skin colour’. 

This is according to the November 2018 report (pdf) from the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), which examines the experiences of nearly 6,000 black people in 12 European Union Member States.

London School of Economics report: Switching Focus

What ‘levers’ could best influence employers to improve disabled people’s
employment and pay?

This is one of the key questions which is explored in the November 2018 report from the London School of Economics which seeks to answer, whose responsibility is it to improve disabled people’s employment and pay?

Equality and Human Rights Commission briefing: The future of legal aid

‘There is evidence that LASPO (the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012) has limited access to redress for breaches of human rights and for discrimination claims.’ This is from a November 2018 briefing (Word) from the Equality and Human Rights Commission on the impact of changes to civil legal aid under LASPO.

EDF Gendering Brexit Blog series: Gentlemen’s agreements: proposals on the table for EU citizens’ rights disadvantage women by design

As Brexit-day draws nearer, we are faced with two similar-but-different proposals for migration regimes for EU nationals in the UK – one in the draft Withdrawal Agreement (just) concluded, but now looking precarious, between the UK and the EU, and one in the UK Home Office’s proposals, which appear predicated upon there being a withdrawal agreement.

Although no deal is a distinct possibility, the citizens’ rights part of the withdrawal agreement may end up being plucked out and ring-fenced into a ‘partial deal’ to avoid human catastrophe, so this post reflects upon the offers on the table.

In both regimes, people will fall through the cracks. And women will be disproportionately likely to be among that group.

Professor Charlotte O’Brien from the York Law School, contributes this blog on EU migrants’ rights , gender and Brexit.