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The Constitutionalization of Equality within the EU Legal Order: Sexual Orientation as a Testing Ground

O'Cinneide, CP; (2015) The Constitutionalization of Equality within the EU Legal Order: Sexual Orientation as a Testing Ground. Maastricht Journal of European and Comparative Law , 22 (3) pp. 370-395. Green open access

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Abstract

The principle of equal treatment has become constitutionalized within the framework of the EU legal order. However, its scope and substance remain uncertain, its impact is confined to the restricted horizons of EU law, and its normative foundations are contested. This paper explores these issues by focusing on a number of judgments by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in cases involving claims of discrimination based on the ground of sexual orientation. These judgments illustrate both the positive impact and also the uncertain scope and substance of the principle of equal treatment as constitutionalized within EU law. It concludes by highlighting the need for the CJEU’s equality jurisprudence to engage to a greater degree with human dignity and other values, in order to give greater definition and clarity to the concept of equal treatment.

Type: Article
Title: The Constitutionalization of Equality within the EU Legal Order: Sexual Orientation as a Testing Ground
Location: Netherlands
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://www.maastrichtjournal.eu/
Language: English
Keywords: Discrimination; Equal Treatment; Sexual Orientation
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Laws
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1471128
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