Seminar on EU Gender Equality Law

In line with its policy aimed at ensuring the continuous professional development of the staff at the Office of the Ombudsman, the Head of Investigations, Dr Monica Borg Galea, attended a two-day training seminar organised by the Academy of European Law (ERA) in Trier.  The seminar was attended by numerous legal practitioners working in various sectors, including trade unions, employer’s associations, ombudsman institutions, equality bodies, NGOs and scholars from various European States and dealt with EU Gender Equality Law.

The Seminar provided participants with an overview of EU gender equality legislation as interpreted by the Court of Justice of the European Union in its considerable case law on the subject and delved into the innovative concept of the detection of discrimination in the context of Artificial Intelligence.

Participants were provided with training enabling them to distinguish between different sources of law and to apply them in relevant situations.  A thorough overview of the caselaw on the key concepts of direct and indirect discrimination was also undertaken.  Important issues such as the tackling of the burden of proof in cases of discrimination, the remedies and sanctions in sex discrimination cases, as well as the Istanbul Convention and the EU Directives dealing with work-Life balance and equal pay for work of equal value, were examined and discussed. Participants were also given the opportunity to work in groups on case studies so as to apply the knowledge and information acquired throughout the seminar, as well as their national legislation, to concrete situations.

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