Applying Non-Discrimination Law Conference

When

March 3rd and 4th, 2017
Morning and evening sessions

SPONSOR

Non-discrimination law in Europe
and the reasons for the limited impact on Greek practice

The conference aims on the one hand to discuss the new tendencies and developments in non-discrimination law in Europe, and on the other hand to explore the reasons behind the limited impact that anti-discrimination legislation has had on Greek jurisprudence and administrative practice.

Non-discrimination law lacks homogeneity

Non-discrimination is a dynamic and ever-changing field of law in Europe. The relevant legislation and jurisprudence is constantly in the process of recognizing and prohibiting new types of discriminatory practices, while new legal tools to protect victims of discrimination become available. However, the integration of these developments in the everyday practice of legal practitioners throughout Europe lacks homogeneity: we could very well speak of a two-speed Europe when it comes to non-discrimination law.

Legal awareness

Central to the conference is the idea that the application of non-discrimination law relies heavily on building legal awareness among field players (members of the judiciary, lawyers, NGO activists, public administration). This will allow them to understand their everyday experiences of discrimination in terms of non-discrimination law and eventually integrate the relevant provisions in their legal arsenal. In practice, the less a society discusses and applies non-discrimination provisions, the more likely it is for discriminatory practices to be established as “normal” and legitimate behavior.

Enhance knowledge

We hope that the conference will further enhance knowledge on the field of non-discrimination law and trigger the public debate on non-discrimination issues in Greece; a country where on the one hand it is well documented that discrimination, both overt and covert, is widely spread, whereas, on the other hand non-discrimination law is still in embryonic form, as illustrated by the very small number of cases that come before court.

Conference Schedule

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10:00

Opening and welcome

10:30 - 13:00

Session Α: Non-discrimination in private and labour law

Chair

Aristidis Kazakos
Professor em. of Labour Law, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Keynote speaker

Aileen McColgan
Professor of Human Rights Law, Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College of London
Recent themes in non-discrimination law across the EU: labour and private law

Speakers

Dimitrios Goulas
PhD; Adjunct lecturer of Labour Law, Democritus University of Thrace; attorney-at-law
Workplace discrimination against people with mental illness in EU law

Panagiotis Mpoumpoucheropoulos
PhD; attorney-at-law
The (moral) harassment in the workplace as violation of the right to dignity at work and as discrimination

Dimitrios Koukiadis
PhD; attorney-at-law; Adjunct lecturer, University of Frankfurt
Racist speech, rhetoric of hatred, violation of the rights of free speech and personality through internet: The confrontation of these issues by the ECtHR, and the limits of application of Art. 10 of the ECHR

13:00

Light lunch and coffee break

14:00 - 16:00

Session Β: New theoretical developments in the field of non-discrimination

Chair

Ioannis Koukiadis
Em. Professor of Labour Law, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki School of Law

Keynote speaker

Lisa Waddington
Professor of European Disability Law, Maastricht University
Reasonable Accommodation for Persons with Disabilities: Part of the Right to Equality and Non-Discrimination

Speakers

Georgios Gerapetritis
Associate Professor of Constitutional Law, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
Positive action or positive discrimination? Towards a new perception of equality

Despoina Anagnostopoulou
Associate Professor, Jean Monnet Chair 'New dimensions in European Legal Studies', University of Macedonia
Intercultural Dialogue as a tool against racism

Dimosthenis Lentzis
Lecturer of EU Law, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Multiple discrimination in European Union law: recent developments

16:00

Coffee break

16:30 - 18:30

Session C: Non-discrimination: the human rights aspect

Chair

Panagiotis Mantzoufas
Associate Professor of Constitutional Law, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, School of Law

Keynote speaker

Kyriaki Topidi
Senior Lecturer, University of Lucerne; Assistant Director, Center for Comparative Constitutional Law and Religion
Religious Visibility and Non-Discrimination in Europe: A paradigm shift?

Speakers

Ifigeneia Kamtsidou
Associate Professor of Constitutional Law, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki; President of the National Centre for Public Administration and Local Government
The principle of non-discrimination, positive discriminations and the protection of fundamental rights

Stergios Kofinis
PhD; administrative judge of first instance; Adjunct lecturer of Constitutional Law, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Nationality as a suspect ground of discrimination - Extending protection against discrimination to third-country nationals

Kyriaki Pavlidou
LL.M., PhD candidate, Freie Universität Berlin; Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) and Einstein Foundation Berlin Scholar
Religious Expression in the Workplace before the ECtHR and the ECJ: Discriminating Against the Fundamental Right to Freedom of Religion?

18:30

Short break

18:40 - 19:10

Conference's plenary speech

Delivered by

Vassilios Skouris
Professor em. of Administrative Law, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki; former President of the CJEU
Non-discrimination as a prerequisite for the European unification

Chair

Antonios Manitakis
Professor em. of Constitutional Law; Dean of Faculty of Law and Social Sciences, Neapoli University Pafos, Cyprus; former Minister of Interior and Administrative Reform

09:00 - 11:00

Session D: Bringing non-discrimination cases to court

Chair

Christina Deliyianni-Dimitrakou
Professor of Comparative Law, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Keynote speaker

Oliver Tolmein
Lecturer of medical law, University of Göttingen; solicitor, Hamburg
Fighting Discrimination in Court – Instruments, Strategies and their Limits

Speakers

Lilla Farkas
senior legal policy analyst for the Migration Policy Group; PhD candidate, European University Institute
Lawyering for racial equality in the EU

Nikolaos Chatzinikolaou
PhD; Adjunct lecturer, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Law School; Attorney-at-law
The challenge of tackling discrimination within the criminal litigation mechanisms: Enforcement and rule of law boundaries

Evangelos Angelopoulos
LL.M.; Attorney-at-law
Economic analysis of anti-discrimination law – Procedural aspects

11:00

Coffee break

11:30 - 13:30

Session E: Discrimination in Greece today: challenges for non-discrimination law

Chair

Antonios Tsalaportas
Presiding Judge at the Court of Appeals of Thessaloniki; Chairman of the Board of Directors at the Court of Appeals of Thessaloniki; Director of initial and continuous training on civil and criminal justice at the Greek National School of Judges

Speakers

Michail Pikramenos
Counselor of the Greek Council of State (Supreme Administrative Court); Assistant Professor of Administrative Law, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Prohibition of discrimination and public functions: The Council of State and the interpretation of national and E.U. rules

Kostis Papaioannou
former Secretary General of Transparency and Human Rights; former President of the National Commission for Human Rights; History teacher
Fighting against discrimination in a country proudly homogeneous and financially suffocating

Georgios Aggelopoulos
Assistant Professor of Social and Political Anthropology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Otherness as a precondition and as an outcome of the discriminatory discourse

Ioanna Tsiganou
PhD; Research Director at the Greek National Centre of Social Research
Acute Discrimination in the Field of Entrepreneurship: The case of Muslim Migrant and Roma Entrepreneurs in Contemporary Greece under Crisis

13:30

Light lunch and coffee break

14:30 - 16:30

Session F: Round-table discussion: Integrating non-discrimination law in everyday practice of jurists and NGO activists

Chair

Andreas Takis
Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Methodology of Law, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Speakers

Konstantinos Tsitselikis
Professor of Human Rights, University of Macedonia; President of the Hellenic League for Human Rights
Combating discrimination: an unattainable goal?

Vera Egenberger
Founder and honorary Director of the Bureau for the Implementation of Equal Treatment e.V. (BUG), Berlin
Integrating non-discrimination law in everyday practice of jurists and NGO activists: the experience in Germany

Kalliopi Lykovardi
LL.M; Deputy Ombudsperson for Equal Treatment
Combating discrimination: the role and the challenges for National Specialised Equality Bodies

16:30 - 17:00

Closing remarks

Delivered by

Lina Papadopoulou
Associate Professor of Constitutional Law, Head of Jean Monnet Chair for European Constitutional Law and Culture, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

SPEAKERS

Aileen
McColgan

Professor of Human Rights Law, Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College of London.
Barrister at Matrix Chambers, London and Geneva.

Oliver
Tolmein

Lecturer in Medical Law, University of Göttingen.
Attorney at Kanzlei Menschen und Rechte, Hamburg.

Kyriaki
Topidi

Senior Lecturer, University of Lucerne.
Assistant Director, Center for Comparative Constitutional Law and Religion.

Lisa
Waddington

Professor of European Disability Law, Maastricht University.
Member of the European Network of Legal Experts in Gender Equality and Non-discrimination and the Academic Network of European Disability experts.

Lilla Farkas

Attorney-at-law; former president of the Hungarian Equal Treatment Authority’s Advisory Board; senior legal policy analyst for the Migration Policy Group, serving as the race (Roma) ground coordinator of the European network of experts on equality and non-discrimination.

Michail
Pikramenos

Counselor of the Greek Council of State (Supreme Administrative Court);
Assistant Professor of Administrative Law, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

Vera
Egenberger

Founder and honorary Director of the Bureau for the Implementation of Equal Treatment e.V. (BUG), Berlin.

Lina
Papadopoulou

Associate Professor of Constitutional Law, Head of Jean Monnet Chair for European Constitutional Law and Culture, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

Georgios Aggelopoulos

Assistant Professor of Social and Political Anthropology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Despina Anagnostopoulou

Associate Professor - Jean Monnet Chair 'New dimensions in European Legal Studies', University of Macedonia

Evangelos Angelopoulos

LL.M.; Attorney-at-law

Nikolaos Chatzinikolaou

PhD; attorney-at-law; Adjunct lecturer, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Law School

Georgios Gerapetritis

Associate Professor of Constitutional Law, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Dimitrios Goulas

PhD; attorney-at-law; Adjunct lecturer of Labour Law, Democritus University of Thrace

Ifigeneia Kamtsidou

Associate Professor of Constitutional Law, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki; President of the National Centre for Public Administration and Local Government

Stergios Kofinis

PhD; administrative judge of first instance; Adjunct lecturer of Constitutional Liberties, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Dimitrios Koukiadis

PhD; attorney-at-law; Adjunct lecturer, University of Frankfurt

Dimosthenis Lentzis

Lecturer of EU Law, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Kalliopi Lykovardi

LL.M; Deputy Ombudsperson for Equal Treatment

Panagiotis Mpoumpoucheropoulos

PhD; attorney-at-law

Kostis Papaioannou

History teacher; former Secretary General of Transparency and Human Rights; former President of the National Commission for Human Rights

Kyriaki Pavlidou

LL.M.; PhD candidate, Freie Universität Berlin; Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) and Einstein Foundation Berlin Scholar

Ioanna Tsigkanou

PhD; Research Director at the Greek National Centre for Social Research

Konstantinos Tsitselikis

Professor of Human Rights, University of Macedonia; President of the Hellenic League for Human Rights

COMMITTEES

Organising Committee

Prof. em. Ioannis Koukiadis (Chairman)

Prof. em. Αristeidis Kazakos

Prof. Christina Deliyianni-Dimitrakou

Prof. Kostis Tsitselikis

Assoc. Prof. Ifigeneia Kamtsidou

Assoc. Prof. Lina Papadopoulou

Asst. Prof. Lefki Kiosse-Pavlidou

Coordinators

Gregorios Vardarinos

Dr. Dimitrios Goulas (Central Coordinator)

Dimitra Zervou

Dr. Zoi Kardasiadou

Dr. Dimitrios Koukiadis

Dr. Stergios Kofinis

Abstracts

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Location and Venue

A city full of great monuments, hotels and restaurants

Spend an inspiring weekend in the cultural and cosmopolitan city of Thessaloniki, full of great hotels, restaurants and monuments.

Venue

Thessaloniki Chamber of Commerce and industry

29 Tsimiski str

546 24 Thessaloniki

Tel. +30 2310 370100

root@ebeth.gr

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Travel Information

International Airport "Makedonia"

The airport of Thessaloniki is the International Airport "Makedonia", located 16 km. from the city center. You will find a selection of legacy and low-cost carriers that fly to a wide range of European cities. Aegean Airlines, Ryanair, Air Berlin and Turkish Airlines are some of the airlines with the highest frequency in Thessaloniki Airport.

For more information about the city's airline connectivity, please visit the Thessaloniki Convention Bureau's website

You can get to Thessaloniki by using the bus No 78 or taxi. For more information visit OASTH (public transportation)

Taxi Service

Taxi service in Thessaloniki is plentiful and economic. Taxi companies operate 24-hour call centers, ready to receive your order or make an advance booking for you. As a rough guide a taxi within the city will cost approximately € 5,00, a taxi to the airport will cost between € 20,00- €30,00.

Additional details

Thessaloniki, the second-largest Greek city, with about a million inhabitants, is considered Greece's cultural capital, renowned for its museums, festivals, events and vibrant cultural life in general. More importantly, it is also a city with a continuous 3,000 year old history; preserving relics of its Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman past and of its formerly dominant Jewish population. Many of its Byzantine churches, and a whole district of the city in particular, are included in UNESCO's World Heritage list. Two major Greek universities, as long as various others academic institutions, are based in Thessaloniki. Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, one of the most renowned film festivals of its kind worldwide, will be also taking place during the Conference (3-12 March 2017).

Sponsor and Partners

Sponsor

Onassis Foundation

Organizers

Department of Public Law and Political Science, Faculty of Law, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

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