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About the Organizers

Dr Sara Benedi Lahuerta

Sara Benedi Lahuerta is a Lecturer in Employment Law at the University of Southampton Law School, where she also belongs to the Steering Group of the Work Futures Research Centre. Her research focuses on discrimination and employment law (at EU and comparative levels). In the PhD thesis, she compared EU, British and Spanish enforcement mechanisms in the field of equality law, and she discussed how to improve the effectiveness of racial equality law through the use of different tools, such as equality bodies, ADR or collective remedies. She has also researched and published on the conflict between freedom of expression and freedom of religion.

Dr Benedi Lahuerta holds a PhD from the University of Leicester (2015) and an LLM in EU Law from the College of Europe (2008), where she also worked as an academic assistant at the Legal Studies Department. During her doctoral studies, Sara was a trainee at the European Commission (DG Justice) and she has collaborated with local and European NGOs dealing with equality, migrants and women’s rights.

Dr Ania Zbyszewska

Ania Zbyszewska is an Assistant Professor at the University of Warwick School of Law. She researches regulation of work, its interaction with other areas of social and economic policy, and its gendered aspects. Her research also explores the relationship between law and politics, especially in multilevel governance contexts (i.e. EU) or under conditions of political-economic and institutional change. She is the author of Gendering European Working Time Regimes: The Working Time Directive and the Case of Poland (CUP 2016), and has published on issues of working time, work-family reconciliation, active aging and age discrimination.

Dr Zbyszewska held Research Fellowships at the University of Warwick (2013-2016) and the Lund University Faculty of Law in Sweden (2015). Her doctoral thesis was awarded the UACES Best Thesis prize in 2013, and she has received funding from the Socio-Legal Studies Association, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and the Interuniversity Centre on Work and Globalization (CRIMT). Her PhD in Law and Society is from the University of Victoria Faculty of Law in Canada.


Relevant Research:

Benedi Lahuerta, S. 2016. ‘Taking EU Equality Law to the Next Level: in Search of Coherence’ European Labour Law Journal 3 (Special Issue on Future Directions of EU Labour Law, Jeremias Prassl, ed.).

Benedi Lahuerta, S. 2016. ‘Ethnic discrimination, discrimination by association and the Roma community: CHEZ’, Common Market Law Review 53-3.

Zbyszewska, A. 2016. 'Reshaping EU Working-Time Regulation: Towards a More Sustainable Regime' European Labour Law Journal 3 (Special Issue: Future Directions of EU Labour Law, Jeremias Prassl (ed.)).

Zbyszewska, 2016. A. Gendering European Working Time Regimes: The Working Time Directive and the Case of Poland. Cambridge: CUP.

Benedi Lahuerta, S. 2015. ‘The Effectiveness of EU Race Equality Directive at National Level. A Comparative Study of British and Spanish Legislation and Policies’. Unpublished PhD Thesis.

Benedi Lahuerta, S. 2013. ‘Untangling the application of the EU equality directives at national level: a bottom-up approach’, CELLS Online Paper Series

Zbyszewska, A. 2013. 'The European Working Time Directive: Keeping the Long Hours with Gendered Consequences.' Women’s Studies International Forum 39(1): 30-41 (Special Issue: The Unintended Gender Consequences of EU Policy, Jill Attwood and Heather McRae (eds.)).

Benedi Lahuerta, S. 2013. ‘Untangling the application of the EU equality directives at national level: a bottom-up approach’, CELLS Online Paper Series

Benedi Lahuerta, S. 2012. ‘Regulating the use of full face covering veil: which model should Spain adopt?’, Revista General de Derecho Canonico y Derecho Eclesiastico del Estado, 28, ISSN-e 1696-9669.

Zbyszewska, A. 2012. 'Regulating working time in the times of crisis: flexibility, gender and the case of long hours in Poland.' International Journal of Comparative Labour Law and Industrial Relations, 28 (4): 421-442.

Benedi Lahuerta, S. 2009. ‘Race equality and TCNs, or, how to fight discrimination with a discriminatory law’ European Law Journal, 15(6): 738-756.