Anti Discrimination Law


Anti Discrimination Law


Anno accademico 2017/2018

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
Caratterizzante o A scelta in tutti i corsi di studio del Dipartimento
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 focus on equality law in European countries. Particular attention will be paid to recent developments in the protection of the right to non discrimination on the basis of gender, race, religion, age, disability , sexual orientation and gender identity at the national level with special regard to the implementation of European directives. The course will explore such issues in a range of contexts, including education, employment and voting 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 some classes.


Modalità di verifica dell'apprendimento

Final exam is written. Active class participation will be part of the evaluation of students attending classes.


Attività di supporto

Powerpoint presentations, readings and judicial decisions will be uploaded on the Moodle platform.


Testi consigliati e bibliografia

- E. Ellis, P. Watson (2012), EU Anti-Discrimination Law, Oxford: OUP, II ed. (Chapters 1, 3, 4)

- S. Fredman, "Emerging from the Shadows: Substantive Equality and Article 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights", (2016) Human Rights Law Review, pp. 273-301.

-  R. Kiska, " Hate Speech: A Comparison between the European Court of Human Rights and the United States Supreme Court Jurisprudence", (2012) Regent University Law Review, pp. 107-151.

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