Equality Law in an Enlarged European Union

Understanding the Article 13 Directives

Equality Law in an Enlarged European Union

European Union equality and anti-discrimination law were revolutionized by the incorporation of Article 13 into the EC Treaty, adding new anti-discrimination grounds and new possibilities. This comprehensive 2007 volume provides a fresh approach to Article 13 and its directives; it adopts a contextual framework to equality and anti-discrimination law in the European Union. Part I deals with the evolution of Article 13, demographic and social change and the inter-relationship between European Equality Law and Human Rights. Part II contains expert essays on each of the Article 13 anti-discrimination grounds: sex, racial or ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability, age and sexual orientation, with common themes weaving throughout. This book will be of interest to everyone concerned with combating discrimination, academics, NGOs, lawyers, human resource professionals, employers, employees, research students and many others in the European Union and beyond.


Review of the hardback: 'The book Meenan edited is an important and extremely timely contribution to the study of equality law in the EU. It makes it absolutely clear that the time of cheering and applause is over. … the volume eloquently demonstrates how many equality-related problems still await resolution in today's Europe. … Today, as we are getting closer to an autonomous principle of equality in Community law, the outstanding problems of innumerable kinds are still abundant. Meenan's book does not only outline these with an admirable clarity and precision, but also suggests the ways to develop equality law further. Linking different fields of law as well as different jurisdictions and approaching the topic with admirable vision the book makes an important contribution to the study of Equality law.' European Law Books Review

Review of the hardback: 'This is an interesting and thought-provoking collection. … there is plenty here to whet the appetite of anti-discrimination lawyers and other people involved in the field of equality of opportunity. The book ponders the tension between allowing the development of each ground to impact upon the others and the need to respect what Meenan calls the 'individual pathologies' of the different grounds. It also reflects a growing awareness of the existence of sub-groups and inter-sectional or multiple discrimination. … Above all, the book leaves one thinking how much work there is here for the European Court of Justice to do and how rigourous academic analysis can be brought to bear to render the new directives efficient tools for the promotion of equality.' Common Market Law Review

Review of the hardback: 'Although a substantive body of literature already exists with respect to Article 13 EC-Treaty and its directives, the authors of the volume reviewed here certainly reached their aim of adding a fresh approach and new insights.' Comparative Labour Law and Policy Journal

Review of the hardback: 'All in all, this excellent edited collection offers a remarkably rich and inclusive picture of EU equality law. … This book is doubtlessly stimulating and a must read especially for those with an advanced knowledge of equal treatment law, including academics, practicing lawyers, NGOs and students.' European Law Journal