When considering what should be included in a single equality law for Northern Ireland, decision-makers should seek to align with international human rights standards and best practice in other jurisdictions.
There are significant gaps between equality law in GB and Northern Ireland, which have been widened by the passing of the Equality Act 2010.
These differences mean that in a number of key areas, individuals in Northern Ireland have less protection against discrimination and harassment than people in other parts of the United Kingdom.
As a minimum floor, such shortfalls should be addressed via a single equality law for Northern Ireland. However, the development of single equality law in Northern Ireland should be based on best international practice, including the consideration of other jurisdictions.