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Ueli Sommer

Co-Chair
Ivan Suarez

Diversity and Equality Law Committee

The Diversity and Equality Law Committee comprises private practitioners, in-house attorneys and academics, many of whom work with corporate clients in order to help them fulfil their key goals in such areas as pay equity, prevention of discrimination based on gender, race, religion, age, and disability (among other protected traits), and LGBTQ issues.

About the Committee

The Diversity and Equality Law Committee comprises private practitioners, in-house attorneys and academics, many of whom work with corporate clients in order to help them fulfil their key goals in such areas as pay equity, prevention of discrimination based on gender, race, religion, age, and disability (among other protected traits), and LGBTQ issues.

Many of these professionals are members of leading law firms or corporations. Of course, we welcome members from all areas and with all perspectives.

The Committee publishes annually the Diversity and Equality Law Committee Newsletter, which gives members an opportunity to bring attention to new developments in their jurisdictions, and other issues of interest.

The Committee also comprises the Disability Rights Working Group, whose members are interested in issues facing disabled individuals and their rights in the working world.

The Committee has been fortunate to enjoy very active support from its officers as well as invaluable input from other committees. It is a sign of the Committee's growing strength that increasingly we are asked to co-sponsor sessions with other IBA committees.

The officers are always keen to encourage others to join in the work so if you would like to contribute an article or suggest a topic for future conferences then please contact any of the officers. E-mail is our preferred means of communication.

We work closely with our colleagues in the other three bodies making up the Human Resources Section: the Employment and Industrial Relations Law Committee, the Immigration and Nationality Law Committee, and the Global Employment Institute. The Human Resources Section Board was established in 2014 in order to coordinate activities and join efforts within the Section. Board members consist of the current and immediate past Chairs of each of the committees in the Section.

Forthcoming conferences and webinars View All Conferences

The GDPR: Sanctions without culpability?

Austrian law requires evidence of culpable behaviour by managing directors before imposing company fines under the GDPR. However, this requirement could soon be fundamentally changed by a case currently pending at the European Court of Justice.

Released on Sep 28, 2022

The coordination of family care tasks and employment in Argentina

Argentine national authorities implement measures to redistribute care tasks and remove inequalities that derive from its traditional unequal distribution.

Released on Sep 27, 2022

Italy: recent legislative steps towards gender equality in the workplace

On 18 November 2021, law No 162 of 2021, ‘Amendments to the code referred to Legislative Decree No 198 of 11 April 2006, and other provisions on equal opportunities for men and women in employment’ (Equal Pay Law) was published in the Official Gazette, providing important new regulations on discrimination and gender equality in the workplace. Its aim being to reduce the gender pay gap and encourage women’s participation in the labour market. The new legislative affects Legislative Decree No 198 of 2006 (the ‘National Code of Equal Opportunities between Women and Men’) by expanding existing text and introducing new articles.

Released on Sep 27, 2022

How to achieve an equal workplace for transgender employees in Brazil

Approaching the transgender discussion in Brazil from a labour and employment perspective highlights circumstances which may be challenging for companies and employees, especially as there are no specific laws regulating how companies should proceed on a day-to-day basis to promote a workplace free of discrimination. Companies may however, adopt various practices based on case law to provide an equal workplace, respecting the fundamental rights of transgender people, including their right to work.

Released on Sep 26, 2022

Subcommittees and other groups

The Diversity and Equality Law Committee also coordinates the activities of the following subcommittees/working groups.

  • Disability Rights Working Group