Intersectionality and Human Rights Law

14 November 2018, 10.30 AM - 14 November 2018, 6.00 PM

Lady Hale Moot Court, 8-10 Berkeley Square, University of Bristol Law School

On 14 November 2018 – with the generous support of the Society of Legal Scholars – the University of Bristol will host a one-day workshop, entitled ‘Intersectionality and Human Rights Law’. The event is co-sponsored by the Human Rights Implementation Centre and Centre for Law at Work.

The term ‘intersectionality’ represents an interdisciplinary field of studies which explores how structures of disadvantage associated with race, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, class etc are co-constituted in relation to one another.

This workshop will examine the relationship of intersectionality with human rights law to explore how the diversity in human identity and disadvantage affects the articulation, realisation, violation and enforcement of human rights, and in particular, the areas of education, housing, asylum, reproduction and sexual health.

The organisers warmly invite expressions of interest to participate in the Workshop; please email either Shreya Atrey ( or Peter Dunne ( Lunch will be provided on the day, and we would be delighted if participants join us for a reception after the Workshop.

For more information about this event, including travel bursary possibilities, please see our workshop document: Intersectionality and Human Rights Law (PDF, 119kB)


The workshop is organised around four panels. Each panel has two speakers who will offer their reflections on a particular human right or issue, followed by 30 mins of discussion. We hope to invite up to 30 additional participants to take part in the Workshops. Panels will be as interactive as possible and leave maximum time for all participants to join the conversation.

  • 10:30 – 11:00   Registration and Tea
  • 11:00 – 11:15   Welcome
  • 11.15 – 12:15   Panel 1: Intersectionality: From Equality to Human Rights

Professor Iyiola Solanke (University of Leeds): Intersectionality as a concept, discourse in equality law and possible contribution to human rights generally
Professor Joanne Conaghan (University of Bristol): Intersectionality as a concept, its critique and possibilities for future engagement in human rights law

  • 12:15 – 12:30   Tea
  • 12:30 – 13:30   Panel 2: Intersectionality and Contemporary Human Rights Issues

Professor Geraldine Van Bueren (Queen Mary University): Right to housing and Grenfell Fire
Dr Senthorun Raj (Keele University): Right to asylum, refugee crisis, sexuality and gender

  • 13:30 – 14:15   Lunch
  • 14:15 – 15:15   Panel 3: Intersectionality and Socio-economic rights

Professor Colm O’Cinneide (University College London): Socio-economic rights, form and structure, and their relationship with intersectionality
Professor Sandy Fredman (University of Oxford): Right to education, gendered poverty and SDGs

  • 15:15 – 15:30   Tea
  • 15:30 – 16:30   Panel 4: Intersectionality and Rights of Disadvantaged Groups

Professor Fiona de Londras (University of Birmingham): Reproductive rights and sexual health
Dr Gauthier de Beco (University of Huddersfield): Right to education and disabled children

  • 16:30 – 16:45   Closing Remarks
  • 16:45 – 18:00   Reception


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