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Discrimination Law: Theory & Context, Text and Materials

Discrimination Law: Theory & Context, Text and Materials
Practice Area:  Academic Law
ISBN:  9780421554405
Published by:  Sweet & Maxwell
Publication Date:  25 Mar 2008
Subscription Information:  Non-Subscribable Product
Format:  Paperback
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This comprehensive in-depth assessment of current contemporary discrimination law in England and Wales provides a critical overview of the subject along with analysis of the law. Discrimination Law: Theory and Context:
  • Addresses the subject from a human rights and EU law perspective
  • Analyses how EU and domestic discrimination law has been influenced by constitutional and human rights standards
  • Explores the different theories and social debates surrounding the role of discrimination law
  • Utilises the popular text and materials approach to provide an accessible and stimulating collection of statutes, cases, extracts from academic books, articles, policy papers and government publications (
  • Includes international material, as well as comparisons with other jurisdictions such as the US, Canada, South Africa and Australia
  • Provides detailed discussion of recent developments in disability and age discrimination including the Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006
  • Contains all other relevant legislation such as the Civil Partnership Act 2004
  • Includes analysis of recent cases such as the decision of the House of Lords in ex parte Carson (2005), Shabina Begum (2006); The US Supreme Court decision in Lawrence v Texason sexual orientation and the Canadian Supreme Court decision in Multani v Commissionon religion
  • Gives an analysis of the Discrimination Law Review 2007 which offers recommendations about future law reform


The nature of discrimination law
  • Key issues and questions in discrimination law
  • Sources and scope of domestic discrimination law
  • Theoretical justifications for discrimination law
Central concepts in discrimination law
  • Direct discrimination
  • Indirect discrimination
  • Justifying positive action
  • Positive action in practice
  • Harassment, hate crimes and hate speech
  • Multiple discrimination and intersectionality
Prohibited grounds within discrimination law
  • Sex discrimination
  • Sexual orientation and gender identify discrimination
  • Race discrimination
  • Religious discrimination
  • Disability discrimination
  • Age discrimination
Remedies, enforcement and social policy
  • Individual remedies
  • Collective remedies and extra legal strategies


"... the key issues of discrimination law are covered in excellent detail." Student Law Journal
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