About the COVID-19 Working Group

Welcome to the Berkeley Center on Comparative Equality & Anti-Discrimination Law (BCCE) working group on Covid-19 and Equality. The working group was formed in April 2020 at the initiative of David Oppenheimer. We are almost 200 researchers, educators, activists, practitioners, public and private employees working in fields such as law and healthcare, concerned with the repercussions of Covid-19 on equality. The Working Group has six hubs covering Covid-19 and inequalities as related to gender, LGTBQIA, disabilities, race, intersectionality and social and economic rights respectively.

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  • Portrait of Karen O'Connell

    Karen O'Connell

    Dr Karen O’Connell is an expert in discrimination law, particularly sex and disability discrimination, and biotechnologies of the body, neuroscience and genetics. She is experienced in law reform, policy development and managing large research projects. With Professor Isabel Karpin she holds an Australia Research Council grant on “The Legal Regulation of Behaviour as a Disability” (2015-2018).

  • Portrait of Laura Carlson

    Laura Carlson

    Laura Carlson is a professor of private law at Stockholm University. Carlson specializes in employment and labor law, gender, discrimination, academic freedom and critical legal theories. She was the 2014/2015 Stockholm Centre Oxford Fellow, University of Oxford, and has a J.D. Stockholm University (2007), Jur.Kand. Uppsala University (2000), J.D. University of Minnesota (1991) and B.A. Carleton College (1983). Carlson is the Editor-in-Chief, Brill Research Perspectives in Comparative Discrimination Law and a BCCE board member. Carlson’s books include The Fundamentals of Swedish Law (2019), Workers, Collectivism and the Law: Grappling with Democracy (2018), Comparative Discrimination Law: Historical and Theoretical Frameworks, Brill (2017) and Searching for Equality: Sex Discrimination, Parental Leave and the Swedish Model with Comparisons to EU, UK and US law (2007).

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