Speaker: Trevor Phillips, Francesca Klug OBE, Baroness Jane Campbell DBE
Chair: Professor Conor Gearty
Thursday 25 October
The new Equality and Human Rights Commission has just started its work in Britain. Its goal is to be an 'independent influential champion whose purpose is to reduce inequality, eliminate discrimination, strengthen good relations between people and protect human rights.' Its remit reaches the whole community, seeking to secure equality of respect for all, and it also plans to take 'an active role in helping to achieve change to benefit some of the most vulnerable and least well represented people in our society.' How likely is it that this new body will achieve its goals? Will it do a better job than the three long-standing bodies that it supersedes, the Commission for Racial Equality, the Equal Opportunities Commission and the Disability Rights Commission? What will be its relationship with government? Can it avoid getting swamped with legal cases to the detriment of achieving lasting social change? Are there other priorities that it should have? In this question and answer session Commission chair Trevor Phillips and Commissioners Francesca Klug and Jane Campbell answered questions about the new body.
Trevor Phillips is the chair of the new Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC).
Francesca Klug is professorial research fellow in the Centre for the Study of Human Rights and EHRC Commissioner.
Jane Campbell is EHRC Commissioner and Chair of the Disability Committee.
Conor Gearty is professor of human rights law and director of the Centre for the Study of Human Rights, LSE.
An audio recording of this event is available to download as: mp3 (22 mb; approx 98 minutes)