Gender Equality in UK Law

Leading Cases
  • Fawcett Society v Chancellor of the Exchequer
    • Queen's Bench Division (Administrative Court)
    • 06 Dez 2010

    It is perfectly sensible for the government to wait until policy has been adequately formulated for there to be a clear basis upon which its gender equality impact can be assessed. The point at which that is reached is in my judgment very much a question of rationality not of duty. The judgment of whether it has reached that position is in my judgment clearly a matter for rationality and there is no prospect of the government's assessment that it is sensible to wait being shown to be unlawful.

  • James v Eastleigh Borough Council
    • House of Lords
    • 14 Jun 1990

    This is because, as I see it, cases of direct discrimination under section 1(1)( a) can be considered by asking the simple question: would the complainant have received the same treatment from the defendant but for his or her sex?

  • JG & MB v Lancashire County Council
    • Queen's Bench Division (Administrative Court)
    • 02 Set 2011

    What, in fact, has happened in this case is that the decision-maker has taken a preliminary decision in relation to its budget, fully aware that the implementation of proposed policies would be likely to have an impact on the affected users, in particular, disabled persons, but not committing itself to the implementation of specific policies within the budget framework until it had carried out a full and detailed assessment of the likely impact.

  • Lambert v Lambert
    • Court of Appeal (Civil Division)
    • 14 Nov 2002

    Whilst I accept Mr Pointer's submission that the judge has a duty to assess each and every one of the section 25(2) criteria that bear on outcome and equally that judges of the Family Division have great expertise in making value judgments, I do not accept that the duty requires a detailed critical appraisal of the performance of each of the parties during the marriage.

  • R (on the application of Brown) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, (Royal Mail Group Ltd and Post Office Ltd (Interested Parties); Equality and Human Rights Commission (Intervening))
    • Queen's Bench Division (Administrative Court)
    • 18 Dez 2008

    Secondly, the “due regard” duty must be fulfilled before and at the time that a particular policy that will or might affect disabled people is being considered by the public authority in question.

    Fourthly, the duty imposed on public authorities that are subject to the section 49A(1) duty is a non – delegable duty. The duty will always remain on the public authority charged with it.

  • Asfana Lachaux v Bruno Lachaux
    • Family Division
    • 02 Mar 2017

    I do accept that the father provided the mother with no financial support; that she was impoverished; and that she was unable to work and survived on charitable handouts and money sent by her family. I do accept that the mother has suffered from depression for a long time and also PTSD resulting from her experiences in Dubai. However neither of these conditions affect her capacity or absolve her from responsibility for her conduct.

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Books & Journal Articles
  • Federalism and Gender Equality
    • Núm. 46-4, December 2018
    • Federal Law Review
    Despite the enormous literature on federalism in constitutional design, and the growing attention to gender equality in constitutional design, there has been remarkably little attention paid to the...
  • Positive Duties and Gender Equality
    • Núm. 8-1-2, December 2005
    • International Journal of Discrimination and the Law
    The imposition since 1998 of a variety of positive equality duties upon public authorities has attracted comparatively little academic attention. However, these duties are a central part of current...
  • Cross-Regional Support for Gender Equality
    • Núm. 29-2, March 2008
    • International Political Science Review / Revue internationale de science politique
    Postmaterialists argue that citizens' values change when economic development expands educational opportunities. In modernized societies, people embrace postmaterialist values such as self-expressi...
  • Freedom of Religious Expression and Gender Equality: Sahin v Turkey
    • Núm. 69-3, May 2006
    • The Modern Law Review
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