ECMI takes part in the conference “Concept of Russian Anti-Discrimination Legislation”

On 25 March 2011, Alexander Osipov, ECMI Senior Research Associate of the Justice & Governance Cluster, was one of the key speakers at the conference for legal experts held in Moscow which was devoted to future anti-discrimination legislation in the Russian Federation. The conference was the final state of the two-year (2009-2011) project run by the Moscow-based non-governmental centre for legal analysis and advocacy JURIX (Lawyers for Constitutional Rights and Liberties). The project funded by the Strategic Programme Fund (UK Foreign Office) aimed at drafting a conceptual outline for Russian anti-discrimination legislation through the initiation of a wide discussion among legal professionals. Currently Russia lacks anti-discriminatory legislation, and discussions on the issues of equality and discrimination amongst academics, politicians and human rights activists have been limited in scope and effect. The working group of three experts including Alexander Osipov has prepared three analytical overviews on international and domestic legal remedies for discrimination on the grounds respectively of gender, ethnicity and age as well as three conceptual outlines explaining the ways how the existing legal approaches could be incorporated into Russian law and implemented. The project has been completed with publication of a book which includes an introductory chapter by JURIX, three revised outlines, several federal and regional draft laws on non-discrimination put forward in recent years by several expert groups as well as recent court decisions concerning violations of equal rights in Russia.

This conference combined presentation of the book and follow up to the strategies aiming at the adoption of anti-discrimination legislation. Among the participants were advisors to the Supreme and Constitutional Courts of the Russian Federation, representatives of regional ombudsman offices, law school lecturers from Moscow, St. Petersburg, Voronezh, Surom, Samara, Ufa and Ivanovo, as well as advocate lawers and representatives of human rights NGOs. A great deal of time was also spent on the discussion of the draft law “On State Guarantees to Equal Rights of Women and Men in the Russian Federation” (Draft No. 284965-3) resubmitted to the State Duma (the lower chamber of the federal parliament) on 17 March 2011. The new draft is initiated and endorsed by the Russian federal government, and the law is likely to pass all hearings and be enacted by June 2011.

For more on JURIX in Russian, see: http://www.jurix.ru/

See Justice and Governance Cluster: http://www.ecmi.de/clusters/justice-governance/ 

Place and date:Moscow, 25 March 2011

For further information please contact: osipov[at]ecmi.de

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