Feminist Legal Studies

, Volume 12, Issue 1, pp 93–104 | Cite as

The New Equal Treatment Directive: Plus Ça Change ...

  • Annick Masselot
Legislative Note


Directive 2002/73 enacted by the Council and Parliament of the European Union introduces substantial and procedural amendments to the European Community's `old' Equal Treatment Directive 76/207, providing, in particular, clarification of the definitions of concepts such as direct and indirect discrimination and (sexual) harassment. Yet, while the European Commission has praised the progressive nature of the new European legislation, a critical assessment of its provisions reveals some serious shortcomings and a host of missed opportunities. Although the new Directive generally reflects the spirit of the case law of the E.C.J., it does so without any originality or pro-activism meaning that the European legislature has once again left the initiative of pursuing sex equality in the E.U. to the Court.

conditions of employment discrimination European Community law sex equality 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Annick Masselot
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  1. 1.Centre for the Study of Law and Policy in Europe, Department of LawUniversity of LeedsLeedsUK

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