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13:00 - 14:00 24 March 2014

HIV/AIDS at Work: I.B. v Greece


Moot Court | Bentham House (link Map)
4–8 Endsleigh Gardens | London | WC1H 0EG | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

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Dr Virginia Mantouvalou, Reader in Human Rights & Labour Law, UCL Faculty of Laws
Colm O'Cinneide, Reader in Law and Member of, UCL Faculty of Laws
Prof Matthew Weait, Professor of Law & Policy, School of Law, Birkbeck
Prof Robert Wintemute, Professor of Human Rights Law, Dickson Poon School of Law, King's College London

In the first ever case relating to HIV/AIDS discrimination in the workplace, I.B. v. Greece, the European Court of Human Rights held that the dismissal of an HIV-positive worker in response to workforce pressure violated human rights. The applicant was represented by the Co-Directors of the UCL Institute for Human Rights, Dr George Letsas and Dr Virginia Mantouvalou.

The case concerned an employee who was dismissed from his job when colleagues found out that he had HIV. They refused to work with him, demanding his dismissal. The Greek Court of Cassation upheld the dismissal on the ground that it was motivated by the need to ensure the peaceful running of the business.

Joined by several human rights specialists, Dr Mantouvalou with discuss the case in its broader context of HIV discrimination and stigma in the workplace, the law on equality and discrimination, as well as the protection of labour rights in the European Convention on Human Rights.


Kerry-Anne Tarlton
+44 (0)20 7679 1430 | k.tarlton@ucl.ac.uk


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