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Part III Structural Principles, Ch.18 Equality

Jarlath Clifford

From: The Oxford Handbook of International Human Rights Law

Edited By: Dinah Shelton

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 27 October 2020

Subject(s):
Equality before the law — Right to non-discrimination — Democracy

This article analyses the normative and philosophical bases of the principle of equality. It examines how contemporary international human rights law transposes and applies the principle, particularly in relation to the prohibition of discrimination. It suggests that equality provides a conceptual framework through which to understand and analyse human rights issues and also provides a moral and analytical mechanism for ensuring that all people effectively enjoy human rights guarantees. This article also evaluates the benefits of right to equality in international law.

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