Racial discrimination under EU and ECHR Law - Roma access to education as an example Speaker: Professor Joana Abrisketa, Universidad Deusto (Spain)
Segregation in education represents an increasing phenomenon in several State members of the European Council.
Following strategic litigation initiated by the Roma Rights Centre, the ECtHR has issued a number of rulings that classified segregation as indirect discrimination on grounds of race.
D.H. and Others v. Czech Republic constitutes the landmark decision, but there are more cases, including Opuz v. Turkey, Zarb Adami v. Malta, Sampanis and Others v. Greece, Orsus and others v. Croatia and Horvath and Kiss v. Hungary.
Although the European Union has issued specific legislation against racist discrimination (Directive 2000/43), there is as yet very little case law of the Court of Justice of the European Union on racism. Directive 2000/43 covers education as well, but no strategic litigation or procedures opened by the European Commission have addressed the problem of segregation yet.
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