EU Anti-Discrimination Law


Course Objective

At the end of this course students understand the potential and actual
impact of discrimination law on groups and individuals in society, and
its strengths and weaknesses in contributing to equality, as well as the
different visions of equality that may be pursued. They are able to
think in a critical and informed way about the existing law, identifying
its contradictions and the normative stances that it embodies.
This course contributes particularly to the goals numbered 1,3,4,15 and
16 of the LLM in Law. It also helps students achieve goals 5,6,7,12 and

Course Content

This course covers the EU law prohibitions on discrimination on grounds
of e.g. sex, race, religion, ethnicity, sexuality, age and disability.
Students learn the meaning and definition of discrimination, the scope
of the prohibition, evidential requirements, and the extent to which
positive action in favour of underrepresented groups is permitted or
required. Current issues such as transgender rights, headscarf bans, and
algorithmic discrimination are addressed.

This law is contained in a series of EU directives, and in the case law
of the European Court of Justice. It is directly applicable in national
courts, and provides the framework for national non-discrimination law
in these fields. It is therefore relevant for national labour law and
social law students, as well as EU law students.

Teaching Methods

Classes will be interactive, with a mixture of lectures, discussion and
exercises. There are 2 classes per week, each 1.5 hours long (with one
or two breaks).

Method of Assessment

2 written papers, one shorter (c1000 words) and one longer (c2500


Reading will be notified via Canvas nearer the time.

Target Audience

Apart from regular students, the course is also available for:
Students from other universities/faculties
Exchange students
Contract students (students who pay for one course).

Students taking this course will need to be familiar with the core
elements of EU law, such as found in a typical introductory EU law

Courses from a master at the faculty can only be taken as a secondary
course if you have a diploma that gives access to the relevant master/
specialization and if you are enrolled in a master.

Recommended background knowledge

Some knowledge of basic EU law is desirable.

General Information

Course Code R_EUADL
Credits 6 EC
Period P5
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Law
Course Coordinator prof. dr. G.T. Davies
Examiner prof. dr. G.T. Davies
Teaching Staff prof. dr. G.T. Davies

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Teaching Methods Lecture, Study Group
Target audiences

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