Universal Credit and Gender equality: Exploratory workshop on prospects for actual or fictional judicial review challenges

Monday 21 October 2019

Birmingham University Law School, Edgbaston B15 2TT, between 10:15–16:00

This workshop is being organised by the universities of Strathclyde, Birmingham and Bristol, Child Poverty Action Group and the Law Centre Northern Ireland, funded by the SLSA under its seminar competition. 


The aim is to discuss legal and policy arguments concerning Universal Credit and gender equality and the prospects for judicial review challenges on gender equality and human rights grounds (whether real or fictional). This is an exploratory workshop, developing an innovative methodology which draws on use of fictional scenarios and the approach adopted in the Feminist Judgments Project and Scottish Feminist Judgments Project (showing how cases could have been decided differently from a feminist perspective). The workshop will focus specifically on two policies relating to gender equality, one of which has been litigated - the Universal Credit single payment and two-child limit - but there will be space to consider other Universal Credit gender issues. We are aiming to bring together a range of participants working in this area across the UK’s legal jurisdictions from legal practice, policy and civil society organisations and academics.

Please see attachment for full details.

Spaces are limited but to request a place please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Friday 27 September 2019, stating your specific interests and which small group you would be interested in joining for the morning discussion. Please also tell us of any access or dietary needs. More information will be sent to participants in advance of the workshop.

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