European Anti-Discrimination Law

Course Description: 

This course provides an overview of the issues, concepts and case law related to anti-discrimination law in the European context. More specifically, the course will first touch upon the American origins of equality and anti-discrimination law. It will then analyse the developments that took place in the European context by looking at the main European texts and institutions dealing with anti-discrimination law (e.g. European Court of Human Rights, Court of Justice of the European Union, European Committee of Social Rights) and the main concepts that have been developed in that reality, namely direct and indirect discrimination but also harassment, discrimination by association, reasonable accommodation and/or stereotyping. Last but not least, specific issues and cases by European courts related to various grounds of discrimination (race, sex/gender, nationality, sexual orientation, religion, disability, and age) will be analysed and discussed.

Learning Outcomes: 

Ability to think critically at a basic level.

Ability to show familiarity with the major regulatory documents at international level within the subject area

Ability to understand and describe the major concepts and issues of anti-discrimination law in the European context

Ability to autonomously and critically analyze case law and documents dealing with anti-discrimination law from the major jurisdictions covered

Ability to demonstrate knowledge about the role of and interplay between legislation and judiciary

Ability to demonstrate familiarity with the application of progressive concepts by writing an essay.


The final grade is based on class participation [10%], a mid-term written assignment [30%] and a written final in class exam [60%].