Call for papers: research workshop "EU non-discrimination law and EU social policy - contrast or harmony?"
Centre for European Law and Legal Studies (CELLS), School of Law, University of Leeds - Deadline: 31/08
The University of Leeds is pleased to invite papers for and participation in the research workshop 'EU non-discrimination law and EU social policy - contrasts or harmony?' on 5th December 2012.  EU non-discrimination law is coming of age. Since 2000, the policy field embraces six aspects of diversity (racial and ethnic origin, religion and belief, disability, age, sex, sexual orientation) and spans a body of no less than eight directives, has inspired a number of non-legal actions and attracted Commission funding for a number of experts. During the same time, EU social policy has become ever more elusive, while the enlarged EU internal market has been criticized for triggering a down-ward spiral in national social levels. Since the 1980s it has been suggested that the EU uses non-discrimination law and policy as its own brand of social policy, because a policy only aiming at equal treatment of individuals fits better a market-oriented conception of social policy. At the same time, EU non-discrimination law has been criticized as overly market oriented. Recently, the critique of EU non-discrimination law as a fundamentally wrong approach to social policy has been revived with force (Somek, Engineering Equality, 2011).  Thus, it is time to address the following questions:  (1) What should be the aims of EU non-discrimination law and policy? Are EU non-discrimination law and policy, as they exist in reality, capable of achieving those aims? (2) Are a policy for non-discrimination and equality on the one hand and social policy aiming at de-commodification and diversity mutually exclusive? (3) What should be the unique aim of EU social law and policy? Are EU non-discrimination law and policy, as they exist in reality, capable of achieving those aims?   CELLS invites papers on this theme for an academic workshop on 5th December 2012, with the option of funding two speakers from different disciplines and of publishing all draft papers in an on-line series. Abstracts for papers (max 500 words) can be directed to Andrea Gideon (firstname.lastname@example.org) until 31st August 2012.