The public sector equality duty now set out in section 149 Equality Act 2010 contains a novel form of legal provision which requires ‘equality needs’ to be taken into account by public bodies in the performance of their functions.

Helen Mountfield has been an advocate in most of the leading cases on public sector equality duties, and will discuss how this model of legislation works, and what it has meant for legal and political thinking about equality. Finally, she talks about how this model can be used in other contexts, such as the Prevent duty, and the dangers of using it in this way.

Helen Mountfield QC is the Principal of Mansfield College, Oxford, and a barrister at Matrix Chambers.


The Bonavero Discussion Group on Human Rights takes place every Tuesday, 12.30 to 2pm, in the Gilly Leventis Meeting Room at the Bonavero Institute, Mansfield College.

Sandwiches will be served from 12.30pm. The speakers will commence at 12.45 and should conclude before 2.00pm.

No RSVP is necessary.