A talk by Dr Barbara Havelková on Gender Equality in Czech Law and Practice.
While EU directives on anti-discrimination law have been transposed into Czech law, their implementation has been overwhelmingly ineffective in promoting the cause of gender equality. Dr Havelková examines why this should be so in her recently published book Gender Equality in Law: Uncovering the Legacies of State Socialism.
Looking back at the history of gender equality in law in the Czech Republic, her work traces the roots of contemporary attitudes to the socialist past, when a degree of equalisation was achieved without however the underlying intellectual grounding or understanding about inequality and its causes. It reveals the widespread belief among current Czech legislators that differences between men and women are natural, that inequality is thus understandable and that the law should not intervene. With no follow-up to ensure that EU member states are actually enforcing the law, it is unsurprising that very few anti-discrimination cases are being won.
Dr Barbara Havelková teaches at Lincoln College and the Faculty of Law at Oxford University, where she is the Shaw Foundation Fellow in Law. Former advisor to the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic on issues of gender and law, Barbara’s research and teaching interests include gender legal studies and feminist jurisprudence, equality and anti-discrimination law, constitutional law, EU law and law in post-socialist transitions. Her book, ‘Gender Equality in Law: Uncovering the Legacies of Czech State Socialism‘, has been published by Hart/Bloomsbury in June 2017.
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