Project Overview

Project Overview

The Study

Combating discrimination at work is an important part of the study of the advancement of human rights, of great importance in the second decade of the twenty-first century. The consultant’s approach to this topic is the perspective that there is much to be learned from both side’s attempts to advance government’s measures to avoid discrimination both in hiring practices and workplace policies. There are transferable lessons to be gained through the analysis of both successes and failures and the on-going challenges.

The consultant’s aim is to produce a balanced analysis which could become the foundation for future studies, and perhaps future work together by the EU and Korea.

Our starting point is historical and comparative since this allows the observation of the evolution of workplace human rights across time and cultures.

From an analytical point of view, the analysis must consider the different levels of policy advocacy, from supranational law, national law, regulators and administrative enforcement and/or incentives to comply, down to the complex appeal mechanism, supranational and national in the case of the EU and national in Korea.

From a theoretical point of view, we see ILO Convention no. 111 operating on a series of levels, but preliminary analysis has already identified areas which have proved difficult for authorities in many nations, notably minority rights, migrant labour, provision for the disabled, gender equality and age discrimination.

Stakeholder Engagement

Civil Society Meetings

Civil Society Meetings will serve to inform civil society about the project objectives and progresses made and provide an opportunity for stakeholders to give their feedback and enhance the relevance of outcomes.

Future meetings will be organised as required.

Local Workshop

A full-day workshop will be organised in Seoul to share knowledge among relevant stakeholders for the project. The workshop will serve to engage interested stakeholders and to promote dialogue, allowing them to contribute their knowledge and expertise to the study.

Closing Seminar

A full-day closing seminar will be organised in Brussels to present and discuss the findings as well as policy implications and suggestions of the final study to improve compliance with ILO Convention no. 111. The seminar will involve relevant stakeholders for the project, including the Korea and EU domestic advisory groups, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and academia, as well as international organisations, including the ILO.

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