The European Commission wishes to make training material available which will be helpful both to legal practitioners for their own use and to the trainers of legal practitioners as a resource for their work. This subsection of the European e-Justice Portal is dedicated to the field of non-discrimination. Information about current and future European legislation relating to the fight against discrimination can be found on the Justice pages of the Commission's website.
This e-learning course provides an introduction to the key concepts of EU anti-discrimination law, developments in this area and relevant case‑law. It comprises video presentations, examples from actual cases and quizzes, and forms part of the series of seminars commissioned by the Commission and presented below. Interested legal practitioners may follow the course here.
These seminars relate to the two European anti-discrimination directives adopted under Article 19 TFEU (ex. article 13 TEC). Directive 2000/43/EC prohibits all forms of discrimination on the basis of race or ethnic origin in a number of areas. Directive 2000/78/EC prohibits all forms of discrimination in employment and occupation on the basis of religious beliefs, disability, age or sexual orientation. The background documentation and the speakers' contributions to the seminars commissioned by the Commission are available here.
The handbook on European non-discrimination law, published jointly by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) and the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), sets out the jurisprudence of the ECHR and the Court of Justice of the European Union. It elaborates on the context and background of European law on non‑discrimination (including United Nations treaties on human rights) and describes the various categories of discrimination and the possible legal defences, the applicability of European law on non‑discrimination (in particular explaining which groups of persons are protected) and the criteria for protection, such as gender, disability, age, race or nationality. The handbook is available here in various languages.
Legal practitioners wishing to improve their knowledge and understanding of the law on non‑discrimination can find further information and analysis in several handbooks, which are all available in English. The handbooks have been produced especially for the European Commission and cover the following concepts:
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