Professor Iyiola Solanke - A public health narrative for anti-discrimination law

Grand Challenges lecture series

Despite over 50 years of anti-discrimination law in the UK, reports demonstrate that discrimination has not only endured but in some areas worsened. Why is this? In this talk I suggest that a problem lies in the individualised approach inherent in anti-discrimination law, where an individual victim brings a case against an individual organisation/ employer. I suggest that if this were to be complemented with a social approach, where public action was a norm alongside individual action, anti-discrimination law could be more effective. Drawing upon literature in critical social psychology and methods adopted in public health campaigns, I propose a way to do this.

Professor Iyiola Solanke, is a Professor in the Centre for Law and Social Justice at the University of Leeds where she holds the Chair in EU Law and Social Justice. Her research focuses on discrimination law and EU Law. Her most recent book, Discrimination as Stigma was published by Hart in 2017. At Leeds, she teaches EU Law, Discrimination Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution. She is an Academic Bencher of the Inner Temple, and was recently a Fernand Braudel Research Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence. In 2017, she set up the Black Female Professors Forum ( to promote the presence and visibility of Black women in the Academy.

Refreshments will be available from 5.30pm onwards.

This lecture is free and all are welcome to attend.

The Keele Nursery will be open and free of charge for staff and students attending the lecture.

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Steve Kilner or Jo Flynn
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