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The EU Treaties and the Charter of Fundamental RightsA Commentary$
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Manuel Kellerbauer, Marcus Klamert, and Jonathan Tomkin

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198794561

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2021

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198794561.001.0001

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Title III Equality

Title III Equality

(p.2158) Title III Equality
The EU Treaties and the Charter of Fundamental Rights

Jonathan Tomkin

Oxford University Press

Title III provides for the right to ‘equality’ of various categories of persons, to various degrees and in various contexts. In addition to requiring all persons to be treated equally before the law, the provisions of Title III expressly prohibit discrimination on a number of specific grounds, such as an individual’s sex, race, colour, ethnic or social origin, religion, or belief. Although diverse in nature, many of the grounds share in common the fact that they may be considered to form an intrinsic part of a human being’s personal, physical, psychological, or social makeup and thereby constitute fundamental facets of an individual’s identity. Viewed from this perspective, the prohibition against discrimination on such grounds may be considered to constitute a particular expression of the right to respect for human dignity that is protected under Title I.

Keywords:   discrimination, diverse in nature, fundamental facets

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