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    Defining Disability in the EU Non-Discrimination Legislation: Judicial Activism and Legislative Restraints

    Favalli, Silvia and Ferri, Delia (2016) Defining Disability in the EU Non-Discrimination Legislation: Judicial Activism and Legislative Restraints. European Public Law, 22 (3). pp. 1-24. ISSN 1354-3725

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    To date EU anti-discrimination legislation, particularly the Employment Equality Directive (Directive 2000/78/EC), does not provide any clear definition of disability as a ground of discrimination. In the last few years, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has attempted to fill this gap and discussed the concept of disability in several decisions, in the attempt to provide a definition of the ground of disability. The ratification by the European Union of the UN Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), has led to a clear overruling in the case law: the Court shifted from the medical model to the social model of disability. The UNCRPD now represents a milestone for the CJEU, which recognised that a duty arises to define disability in line with the social model, under the principle of consistent interpretation. Against this background, this article discusses CJEU case law, and compares and contrasts the judicial activism of the Court with the cautious approach adopted by the European Commission in the proposal for a new non-discrimination directive.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Defining Disability; EU Non-Discrimination Legislation; Judicial Activism; Legislative Restraints;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Law
    Item ID: 11702
    Depositing User: Delia Ferri
    Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2019 10:46
    Journal or Publication Title: European Public Law
    Publisher: Kluwer Law International
    Refereed: Yes
      Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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