'At the Intersections of Race and Class' Conference - 20 Nov 2017

At the Intersections of Race and Class: Strengthening BMER voices in challenging discrimination and socio-economic disadvantage.

In spite of equality and socio-economic rights existing in legislation, discrimination and inequality has been on the rise and it has become ever more difficult to access justice. 

Unison's success in challenging employment tribunal fees, the successful ‘Justice for Workers Campaign’ run by workers and students of SOAS, and collective action of social housing residents across London challenging discrimination and inequality in housing, has demonstrated the importance of collective action in ensuring access to justice and enforcing socio economic rights for those who are marginalised on the grounds of race and class. 

At this conference we will hear from legal experts on the domestic and international legislative framework protecting socio-economic rights.  Speakers will also include those who have successfully used collective action as a means of ensuring access to justice and enforcing socio-economic rights .  This will be an interactive conference bringing together academics, lawyers, campaigners and the voluntary and community sector to explore multi-disciplinary approaches to tackling inequality at the intersections of race and class.


Time: 9.30am - 4.30pm

Date: Monday, 20 November 2017

Venue: London, N7

Guest Speakers

Presenting on the Legal Framework:

  • Colm O'Cinneide - Professor of Constitutional and Human Rights Law, UCL
  • Jamie Burton - Chair of Just Fair and Barrister at Doughty Street Chambers

Panel Discussion on Employment Rights and Collective Action:

  • Shantha David - Solicitor at Unison
  • Mariam Rechchad - Justice for SOAS Cleaners
  • Catherine Rayner Barrister, 7BR Chambers
  • Harish Patel - Unite the Union

Panel Discussion on Social Housing, Planning and Regeneration:

  • Ian Redding - Southwark CVS
  • Andy Bates - London Tenants Federation
  • Sally Causer - Southwark Law Centre
  • Catherine Rayner - Barrister, 7BR Chambers

Panel Discussion on Campaigning and Collective Action:

  • Svetlana Kotova - Disability Justice Project
  • Koldo Casla - Just Fair
  • Samia Badani and Gordon Futter - Campaign on Grenfell
  • Aylesbury Leaseholder Action Group - tbc

Book your place HERE.

For more information on this event, please email poornima@rota.org.uk or call 020 7697 4066.



This event is funded by