Applying International and European Antidiscrimination Law to the Housing Context

Foreword Julie Ringelheim

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The central argument of this book is that the application of antidiscrimination law to the field of housing complements and enriches a right to adequate housing approach in two ways : firstly, it helps to elaborate and expand the rationale and implications of certain components of the right to housing ; secondly, it allows us to address human rights concerns that cannot be adequately tackled through the right to housing alone. I reach this conclusion through an analysis of the conceptual and practical implications arising from the application of antidiscrimination norms to the housing context, with a focus on Europe.

An enquiry into the philosophical foundations of antidiscrimination law leads me to identify four aims that antidiscrimination norms ought to pursue : eliminating hostility, prejudice, and stigma ; respecting cultural diversity and avoiding misrecognition ; transforming existing structures ; and ensuring a fair distribution of important goods in society. Applying this framework to the field of housing, I find that various antidiscrimination legal concepts can be mobilised to achieve those four aims, among which direct and indirect discrimination, discriminatory harassment, and reasonable accommodation. I also defend the usefulness of incorporating and mobilising socioeconomic disadvantage as a prohibited ground of discrimination to this end.

I then build on two case studies-housing segregation, on the one hand ; housing commodification and financialisation, on the other hand-to further demonstrate the contribution of antidiscrimination law to specific housing issues. Finally, I propose several procedural and substantive avenues to achieve diversity-conscious, all-inclusive housing policies, looking in particular at equality duties and housing decommodification policies. The legal analysis developed throughout this book, based on a human rights law methodology, is enriched through references to political and legal philosophy and to urban sociology.

ISBN13 978-2-233-01038-4
EAN 9782233010384
Titre Applying International and European Antidiscrimination Law to the Housing Context
Sous-titre Foreword Julie Ringelheim
Date de parution 24/03/2023
Nombre de pages 250
Numéro de série 50
Type d'ouvrage Colloques, études et rapports
Support Livre
Langue Anglais
Auteur(s) Juan Carlos Benito Sanchez
Editeur / Collection / Sous-collection Pedone / Publications de l'Institut International des Droits de l'Homme / Institut René Cassin de Strasbourg
Thème Droit > Droit international et étranger > Droit international public
Thème secondaire Droit > Libertés publiques / Droits de l'homme
Format Papier