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Out now — the second issue of the 2022 European Equality Law Review

The European network of legal experts in gender equality and non-discrimination has published the first issue of the 2022 European equality law review, compiled by MPG’s Anti-Discrimination Legal Policy Analyst Catharina Germaine 

What is included in the review? 

This issue provides an overview of the most important and relevant legal and policy developments in the fields of gender equality and non-discrimination at national level across Europe from 1 January to 30 June 2022, as well as summaries of the most important case law from the Court of Justice of the EU and the European Court of Human Rights in these fields. 

Additionally, this issue contains four in-depth articles: 

  1. Safeguards and redress for victimisation: Examples from Belgium, Bulgaria, Italy and Poland by Margarita S. Ilieva and András Kádár, the non-discrimination experts for Bulgaria and Hungary respectively, who explore the regulation of victimisation in these countries and identifies good practices as well as gaps and shortcomings in these jurisdictions.
  2. Formal and informal mediation of discrimination complaints: A comparison of the legal framework and practice of Austria, Belgium, Ireland and Portugal in discrimination cases’ by Cathérine Van de Graaf from the University of Ghent, who explores the legal frameworks and practice of mediation procedures in discrimination cases in these three countries.
  3. ‘The EU pay transparency proposed directive – general overview and some comments on the rules on enforcement and sanctions’ by Laura Carlson from Stockholm University, who explores effective enforcement mechanisms and sanctions in the European Commission’s proposed directive to strengthen the application of the principle of equal pay for equal work or work of equal value between men and women through pay transparency and enforcement mechanisms.
  4. Intersectionality from critique to practice: Towards an intersectional discrimination test in the context of ‘neutral dress codes’ by Raphaële Xenidis from the University of Edinburgh, who focuses on the engagement of the CJEU with the issue of intersectional discrimination in the context of the so-called ‘headscarf’ cases.

Why does it matter? 

The publishing of European Equality Law Reviews provides a means through which to monitor legal and policy developments — both positive and negative — in the fields of gender equality and non-discrimination across Europe. The ability to monitor such developments is the first step toward progress in these areas, as it provides the knowledge necessary to make informed decisions and to correctly assess the transposition and implementation of EU law at the national level. In providing this knowledge, MPG’s involvement in the network contributes to MPG’s vision of creating societies in which ‘people of all backgrounds must have and should know and use their rights to equal treatment and equal opportunities.’  

Read the full review here.

European Equality Law Review 2022 (Issue 2 of 2)


Catharina Germaine
Anti-Discrimination Legal Policy Analyst

About the European network of legal experts in gender equality and non-discrimination 

The European network of legal experts in gender equality and non-discrimination was established in December 2014 and combines two previously existing networks: the European Network of Legal Experts in the Non-discrimination Field and the European Network of Legal Experts in the field of Gender Equality.  

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About the Migration Policy Group (MPG)

MPG is an independent think-and-do-tank based in Brussels. MPG’s purpose is rooted in its ability to inspire networks to provide evidence-based projects, research and campaigns in the areas of integration, migration and anti-discrimination.

Learn more about the Migration Policy Group.