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Equality Act abroad

Published: 01/09/2011

What equality legislation means for institutions operating abroad

equality-act-abroad-coverThe Equality Act 2010, unlike the legislation it replaces, does not have clear territorial scope. This makes it uncertain which activities conducted overseas are covered by the legislation and which are not. This guidance has been developed to support the increasing number of higher education institutions operating overseas.

With a range of scenarios, this briefing offers guidance on the likely impact of the Equality Act on different activities. It focusses mainly on employment and student issues and assesses the risk of discrimination claims originating from abroad that might be brought under the Equality Act.

Areas covered include:

  • Background to the legislation
  • Working wholly or partly in Great Britain
  • Jurisdictional issues
  • Scope of the Equality Act: employment issues (including scenarios)
  • Scope of the Equality Act: educational issues (including scenarios)
  • Other considerations

This briefing has been prepared on behalf of ECU by Mills & Reeve LLP with additional input by Anderson Strathern LLP.