An analysis of aspects of the Equality Act 2010

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


The nine refereed publications on which this submission is based have explored legislative changes to discrimination law ahead of and via the Equality Act 2010. Some of the submitted publications take a broad approach whereas others focus on specific issues or statutory provisions. Together they form a body of work the central aim of which, and which constitutes the papers’ primary contribution to knowledge, is to provide an analysis of a number of aspects of the Equality Act 2010. This commentary displays this analysis within the contexts of the Equality Act’s predecessor legislation, its drafting and passage through Parliament and the scope of judicial interpretation.
The significance of the papers and their individual contributions to knowledge are highlighted in the introduction and in the discussion of the papers under those three contextual sub-themes (the predecessor legislation, drafting and passage through Parliament and judicial interpretation). This thematic approach demonstrates the coherency of the submitted publications and allows common elements to be discussed.
The submitted publications show that it is clear that the Equality Act 2010 has in areas harmonised and arguably simplified the preceding law, but they also show that the Equality Act 2010 has introduced its own complications which to some extent can be attributable to the parliamentary scrutiny it received. The papers and the commentary provide support for changes which have occurred and also suggest others. The citations of the papers and a representation of national and international use of the papers are included in an appendix which is drawn on in the commentary.
Date of AwardMay 2016
Original languageEnglish
SupervisorBarry Hough (Supervisor)

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