As well as her academic work, she has been active in the field of policy-making. She made a major contribution to the Independent Review of Enforcement of Anti-Discrimination Law chaired by Bob Hepple and Mary Coussey. She has been asked on several occasions to contribute to the work of the Northern Ireland Equality Commission, and has evidence on the European Charter of Fundamental Rights to the House of Lords Committee on the European Union. She has contributed to the debate on the establishment of a Human Rights Commission, giving a paper at a seminar run by the Joint Committee on Human Rights. In addition, she has worked with JUSTICE on the campaign for the ratification of Protocol 12.
She has recently been very active in the process of drawing up new equality legislation on age, sexual orientation and religion. In 2001, she ran a large project on age discrimination, jointly with the Institute of Public Policy Research. The results of the project are incorporated into policy document, co-authored with Sarah Spencer of IPPR, and an edited book.
She was commissioned by the Equal Opportunities Commission to prepare a report entitled the ‘Future of Equality in Great Britain’ as a direct contribution to the debate about the proper implementation of new anti-discrimination law covering sexual orientation, religion and age. She was invited by the Norwegian equivalent of the Commission for the Racial Equality to present a key-note speech in Norway in October as part of the development of new discrimination law in Norway. She also participated in the expert committee advising the CEDAW Committee on the updating of the affirmative action provisions in CEDAW (Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)).
She has close links with the Gender and Race Equality Unit at the University of Cape Town, and the Centre for Applied Legal Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand, both of which have been active in the rapidly developing discrimination and human rights law in South Africa. She also has links with members of the judiciary and the human rights bar in South Africa. She has also worked closely with academics in other jurisdictions, and has extensive knowledge of comparative law in the equality and human rights field.