Bob Hepple Lecture and Launch of New Litigators Guide at Matrix Chambers - Limited Places Still Available

On Wednesday 10 December 2014, Human Rights Day, the Equal Rights Trust will launch Economic and Social Rights in the Courtroom: A Litigator's Guide to Using Equality and Non-Discrimination Strategies to Advance Economic and Social Rights, at Matrix Chambers in London. To book a place to attend the event, or to acquire a copy of the Guide, please email

The Guide identifies equality and non-discrimination strategies that NGOs, lawyers and activists may employ in seeking to advance economic and social rights (ESRs) before courts. It also includes a compendium of useful cases in which equality and non-discrimination concepts and approaches have been employed to advance ESRs.

Speaking about the Guide, Dimitrina Petrova, Executive Director of the Equal Rights Trust, said:

The gulf between the social and economic rights of many people around the world and their realities is stark and the Trust believes strongly in the potential for equality and non-discrimination strategies to narrow that gulf. 

We have used our expertise in equality and non-discrimination law to prepare what we feel is a practical guide for litigators and we encourage them to use it to join us in seeking to advance the social and economic rights of the most disadvantaged.

The Guide is split into three parts. Having introduced the rights framework, the Guide identifies conceptual and practical reasons why equality and non-discrimination arguments should be employed when challenging violations of ESRs. It then presents clear and practical guidance on how to use equality and non-discrimination strategies in courtrooms around the world.

The evening event, starting at 6pm and facilitated by the Equal Rights Trust's Chair Saphieh Ashtiany, will feature a lecture by the Trust’s Honorary President, Professor Sir Bob Hepple QC, entitled “Achieving socio-economic rights through the principle of equality”.

The work on the Guide was supported by the Ford Foundation. The launch event is supported by Matrix Chambers.