Lunch seminar with Iyiola Solanke

In the European Union (EU), as in the USA, the majority of judges are white and male. However, in contrast to the USA, the EU has no clear policy to promote race and gender heterogeneity in the judiciary by, for example, promoting the recruitment of black female judges. In this paper, I argue that the EU needs to develop a broad judicial diversity agenda to incorporate this goal, and so go beyond gender diversity. I present this goal as a plank of anti-discrimination law, where discrimination is understood as a virus: from this public health perspective tackling homogeneity in the judiciary emphasizes the inoculation of society from discrimination not just the inclusion of those marked as ‘different’. Judicial diversity in the CJEU therefore strengthens democracy in the EU.

All interested are welcome to attend. Registration is not necessary.

 Feel free to bring your own lunch bag.