What is it about?

The Equality Act 2010, in its content and passage through Parliament, provides a rare example of an Act that engages, to some extent, with all seven foundations of legal knowledge (the English compulsory subjects upon which other legal subjects build). This article examines the Equality Act 2010 through the prism of the foundations and, in light of ongoing reform, contends that while anti-discrimination law is an important subject it should not join the list of foundations - of which the article is broadly supportive - but rather that awareness and appreciation of those foundations can provide a richer understanding of such laws as the Equality Act 2010.

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Why is it important?

The article contains an appreciation of the foundations of legal knowledge - at a time when the Qualifying Law Degree and the underlying foundations are under threat (and the dissolving of a common framework for the two main parts of the profession) - and adopts an unusual approach to analysing the Equality Act 2010 which is provides an unusually wide demonstration of the nature of the foundations.


Interesting to work on a wide-ranging piece (albeit within one subject) and benefiting greatly from the involvement of two others who are more versed in detail for some of the 7 foundations.

James Hand
University of Portsmouth

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This page is a summary of: The British Equality Act 2010 and the foundations of legal knowledge, Commonwealth Law Bulletin, January 2015, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/03050718.2015.1005108.
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