Race Relations: An Act?

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The impact of race relations legislation

Join our panel as they discuss the four Race Relations Acts since 1965 alongside the impact of immigration legislation. What effect has the UK’s legislative and policy response had on Windrush and other migrants, and their descendants?

Amelia Gentleman writes on social affairs for The Guardian. An awarding winning journalist, she is known for her investigative and campaigning work on the Windrush scandal. Previously she was Delhi correspondent for the International Herald Tribune, and Paris and Moscow correspondent for The Guardian.

Maya Goodfellow is a writer and researcher. Her work spans a range of issues including UK politics, gender, migration and race. She has written for a range of publications including The Guardian, New Statesman, The Independent and Prospect. She is currently doctoral candidate at SOAS, where she is researching the role race and racism in British international development discourse between 1997 and 2016. She is also a graduate teaching assistant at SOAS working on courses focused on historical and contemporary understanding of decolonial politics and the political economy of violence, conflict and development. Maya is a Trustee of the Runnymede Trust.

Matthew Ryder is Deputy Mayor for Social Integration, Social Mobility and Community Engagement at City Hall. Matthew became a barrister in 1992, specialising in complex crime, criminal related civil work, media and data law. He has represented clients in high-profile cases, including the families of Stephen Lawrence and Ian Tomlinson. He has argued cases before the UK Supreme Court, European Court of Human Rights and International Criminal Court. In 2010 he was appointed Queen’s Counsel and has sat on a number of influential panels and working parties assessing reform of the criminal justice system. Matthew writes regularly for national newspapers on social policy and cultural issues.

Iyiola Solanke is Professor of European Law and Social Justice at the University of Leeds, and an Associate Academic Fellow of the Inner Temple. She has published on judicial independence and diversity, intersectionality and race relations in Britain and Germany. Her research focuses on European institutions and governance, in particular the European Court of Justice and Discrimination Law. 

Geoffrey Bindman founded Bindmans LLP in 1974 and throughout his long and distinguished legal career has specialised in civil liberty and human rights issues. From 1966-1976, he was legal adviser to the Race Relations Board and thereafter until 1983 to the Commission for Racial Equality. He is a Visiting Professor of Law at University College London and at London South Bank University, an Honorary Fellow in Civil Legal Process at the University of Kent, and a Fellow of the Society of Advanced Legal Studies. In 1982 he was Visiting Professor of Law at the University of California at Los Angeles. In July 2000 he received an honorary doctorate from De Montfort University. He also has an honorary doctorate from Kingston University, and has been chair of the Board of Trustees at the British Institute of Human Rights. He was knighted in January 2007 for services to human rights and in March 2011 appointed honorary Queen’s Counsel.

In association with The Runnymede Trust, the UK's leading independent race equality think tank. They generate intelligence for a multi-ethnic Britain through research, network building, leading debate, and policy engagement. Runnymede's projects and publication help build up a body of evidence on a wide range of areas that address key race equality challenges for public policy and public debate. 

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Name: Race Relations: An Act?
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