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Britain's proposed new equality and human rights commission

The government has announced plans for a new Commission for Equality and Human Rights (CEHR) for Britain, the first British human rights commission, aimed at providing institutional support for the 1998 Human Rights Act.

Professor Francesca Klug, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and a member of the government's task force which advised the government on the proposed commission, will give a lunchtime seminar on the new commission on Wednesday 9 February at LSE.

She will discuss the legal and political factors which drove the government's decision to establish this Commission, its likely effects on compliance with equality and human rights laws, and the place of commissions more generally in the evolving human rights discourse.

Professor Francesca Klug is based at the Centre for the Study of Human Rights at LSE. She was appointed to sit on the Task Force which advised the government on the powers, duties and functions of the proposed commission and was subsequently appointed to the CEHR Steering Group, the successor body to the Task Force. Professor Klug is currently working as a consultant to the Women and Equality Unit, based at the Department of Trade and Industry, where she has advised ministers and officials on aspects of the legislation and other stakeholder issues.

Professor Conor Gearty, Rausing Director of the Centre for the Study of Human Rights at LSE, will chair this event.

Britain's Proposed New Equality and Human Rights Commission is on Wednesday 9 February at 1.15pm-2.30pm in D202, Clement House, LSE, Aldwych, London WC2A. This event is free and open to all with no ticket required.

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To reserve a press seat, please contact Jessica Winterstein, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7060 or email j.Winterstein@lse.ac.uk| 

31 January 2005

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