Anti Discrimination Law


Anti Discrimination Law


Anno accademico 2018/2019

Codice attività didattica
Prof. Mia Caielli (Titolare del corso)
Corso di studio
Laurea magistrale in European Legal Studies - a Torino (D.M. 270/2004)[0703M21]
1° anno
SSD attività didattica
IUS/21 - diritto pubblico comparato
Tipologia esame

Obiettivi formativi

The theories and practices of anti-discrimination law will be analysed in order to help students to make systematic interpretations of the various sources of law regarding discrimination and to improve the students' proficiency in analyzing judicial cases.


Risultati dell'apprendimento attesi

By the end of the course students should have an overall awareness of the multilevel protection from different forms of discrimination and should be able to critically analyse the case-law  interpreting the equality principle.



The course will begin with an introduction to the different concepts of equality and an overview of the U.S., European, and other national and international anti-discrimination law systems. 

Particular attention will be paid to recent developments in the protection from discrimination on the basis of sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religion, age, disability at the European level in light of the most significant domestic constitutional case-law as well as through the European Court of Human Rights and and the Court of Justice of the European Union leading cases.

The final part of the course will be dedicated to the role of advocacy, lobbying and litigation strategies in combating discrimination.


Modalità di insegnamento

Class participation is strongly encouraged since students will have to read and discuss real and fictional cases selected by the lecturer.

Public interest lawyers as well as experts of litigation strategies and human rights lobbying will intervene during the course.


Modalità di verifica dell'apprendimento

Final exam is written. it consists of two parts: 1) multiple-choice quiz 2) short essay.

Students attending classes: grading will be based on a multiple-choice quiz (50%) and on a class presentation (50%).


Attività di supporto

Students will be provided with an ebook collecting all relevant European and domestic legislation.

For students attending classes: powerpoint presentations, compulsory readings and judicial decisions will be uploaded on the Moodle platform. Moreover, useful materials to attend classes will be published on the Moodle platform before the class takes place.


Testi consigliati e bibliografia

1) Textbook: E. Ellis, P. Watson (2012), EU Anti-Discrimination Law, 2nd edition, Oxford (Chapters 1, 3 and 4)

2) Casebook: D. Oppenheimer, S.R. Foster, S.Y. Han, R.T. Ford (2017), Comparative Equality and Anti-Discrimination Law, 2nd edition, Berkeley (Chapters 1,2 and 4 - 13,14 and 16)

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