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Equinet Legal Training (18-19 March, Berlin)

January 29th 2013

On 18-19 March 2013 in Berlin, Equinet, with the support and hosting of the Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency of Germany, organised a training dedicated exclusively to national equality bodies.

Agenda and Objectives

The agenda of the training can be accessed below:

Equinet Legal Training 2013 (agenda)
Equinet Legal Training 2013 (agenda)

The general objective of this training was to enhance participants’ capacity in dealing with cases and to further develop their expertise in interpreting and effectively/efficiently using anti-discrimination legislation.

The training offered particular opportunities to learn about and discuss with peers issues relating to:

- The shift of the burden of proof and types of evidence in discrimination cases

- Situation testing and its use

- Practicalities of involvement in a case before the European courts

- Disability discrimination

Target audience

Participation in this Equinet training was solely reserved to staff members of national equality bodies directly handling cases of alleged discrimination. The training was aimed at staff members of both ‘tribunal-type’ and ‘non-tribunal-type’ (promotional) equality bodies.


The Secretariat has compiled a summary of the main discussions and arguments at the training. You can access this summary below.

 Berlin Legal Training summary
Berlin Legal Training summary


Keynote presentations in order of appearance:

- Uyen Do, Migration Policy Group, Evidence in discrimination cases and the place of situation testing (click here for the presentation);
- Alexander Klose, Büro für Recht und Wissenschaft, Berlin, Practical experiences with situation testing (click here for the presentation);
- Barbara Bos, Netherlands Institute for Human Rights, Practical experiences of judging evidence and shifting the burden of proof (click here for the presentation);
- Thomas Henze, Division EA5 Representation of the Federal Republic of Germany before the European Courts
German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, Referring discrimination cases to the CJEU – implications of the Belov case (click here for the presentation);
- Clare Collier, Equality and Human Rights Commission, UK, Practical aspects of involvement in a case before the European Court of Human Rights (click here for the presentation);
- Dr. Andreas Inghammar, Lund University, Discrimination on the ground of disability (click here for the presentation);
- Tarek Naguib, Centre for Social Law, Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Chronic disease: Ground of discrimination? Findings of a study on disability commissioned by the FADA (click here for the presentation);

Other relevant materials

- Proving discrimination cases: the role of situation testing

- The applicability of testing procedures regarding the burden of proof - The German Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency

- EU Anti-discrimination law review No. 11

- EU Anti-discrimination law review No. 15

- How to present a discrimination claim: handbook on seeking remedies under the EU Non-discrimination directives

- Disability and non-discrimination law in the European Union

- Handbook on European non-discrimination law

- Influencing the law through legal proceedings: The powers and practices of equality bodies

- Directives 2000/43/EC, 2000/78/EC, 2004/113/EC, and 2006/54/EC.

- Case C-394/11 Belov

Practical details

Claiming expenses
Travel and subsistence costs are covered by Equinet. Reimbursements are only possible when an original Equinet reimbursement form is correctly filled in and sent to the Equinet Secretariat ( or +32 2 212 3182).

Click here to download the Equinet reimbursement form.