Pursuing Equality in the EU

Elise Muir

in The Oxford Handbook of European Union Law

Published in print July 2015 | ISBN: 9780199672646
Published online March 2015 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Law

Pursuing Equality in the EU

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EU equality law is destined to regulate and transform societal habits in the pursuit of greater equality among the people of Europe. This ambitious policy objective is matched by ancient as well as modern competences. EU equality law is thus marked by its growing personal and substantive scope, the broad definition of the key legal concepts, and a set of precise rules to ensure its efficiency. This chapter identifies analytical tools for the understanding of this complex field, torn as it is between the dynamics of an advanced fundamental rights policy and the constraints of EU law making on social matters.

Keywords: equality; grounds of discrimination; fundamental right; social policy; EU competences

Article.  11235 words. 

Subjects: Law ; EU Law ; Human Rights and Immigration ; Law and Society

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