• Ana Maria Guerra Martins
Part of the Ius Comparatum - Global Studies in Comparative Law book series (GSCL, volume 28)


Portugal has a long tradition of contact with other cultures and peoples. Due to sixteenth century maritime discoveries and the experience of Portuguese emigration to Brazil and Latin America in general, as well as to other countries in Europe, such as France and Germany in the 1960s, the Portuguese are used to tolerating difference, at least in terms of ethnic origin, race and religion. In addition, the accession to the European Communities, in 1986, has increased the national awareness concerning equality and non discrimination’s issues. However, given our financial and economic weakness, the implementation and enforcement of anti-discrimination law is sometimes rather difficult.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ana Maria Guerra Martins
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  1. 1.University of Lisbon, School of LawLisbonPortugal

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