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The Big Gap in Discrimination Law

The Big Gap in Discrimination LawAlex Benn (2018, Law), Lecturer in Law, has written “The Big Gap in Discrimination Law: Class and the Equality Act 2010” in Oxford Human Rights Hub Journal. Alex teaches Criminal Law to Univ’s first-year and Senior Status students.

The article asserts that UK lawmakers should amend the Equality Act 2010 to introduce class as a “protected characteristic” because class is a basis for discrimination. Alex also argues that academics in discrimination law often sideline analysis of class and classism. The article discusses how without paying attention to class and classism, the law will continue to ignore a major form of discrimination and to miss how classism intersects with other forms of discrimination.

Alex teaches Criminal Law to first-year and Senior Status students at Univ. The Criminal Law course focuses on the general principles of criminal liability, as well as some of the major criminal offences and defences. In particular, Alex tries to put the law in its broader context as a tool of powerful groups, which involves looking at the widespread discrimination that exists in criminal justice. Alex studied law at the University of Oxford, winning the Wronker prize for best overall performance.

You can read the article online here.

Published: 9 December 2020

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