The Principle of Equality in EU Law

  • Lucia Serena Rossi
  • Federico Casolari

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Equality and States: Are Some States More ‘Equal’ than Others?

  3. The Structural Aspects of the Principle of Equality in the EU

  4. Equality in Specific Policy Domains of the EU

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 295-316

About this book


This book provides a comprehensive and updated legal analysis of the equality principle in EU law. To this end, it argues for a broad definition of the principle, which includes not only its inter-individual dimension, but also the equality of the Member States before the EU Treaties.

The book presents a collection of high-quality academic and expert contributions, which, in light of the most recent developments in implementing the post-Lisbon legal framework, reflect the current interpretation of the equality principle, examining its performance in practice with a view to suggesting possible solutions in order to overcome recurring problems.

To this end the volume is divided into three Parts, the first of which addresses a peculiar aspect of the EU equality that is mostly overlooked in the investigations devoted to this topic, namely, equality among States. Part II shifts to the inter-individual dimension of equality and explores some major developments contributing to (re)shaping the global framework of EU anti-discrimination law, while Part III undertakes a more practical investigation devoted to the substantive strands of that area of EU law.


European Union EU general principles Equality Non-discrimination Member States Anti-discrimination law Right to equality

Editors and affiliations

  • Lucia Serena Rossi
    • 1
  • Federico Casolari
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Legal StudiesUniversity of BolognaBolognaItaly
  2. 2.Department of Legal StudiesUniversity of BolognaBolognaItaly

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