Racial Justice, Policies and Courts' Legal Reasoning in Europe

  • María Elósegui
  • Cristina Hermida

Part of the Ius Gentium: Comparative Perspectives on Law and Justice book series (IUSGENT, volume 60)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Theoretical and Legal Framework

  3. Specific Thematic Cases Studies

  4. Specific Case Studies of Various Countries

About this book


This volume looks at how courts and the police handle racial discrimination in Europe. The chapters show that beyond legal technique, neither the legislators nor the judges escape from their own emotions when responding to racial discrimination. But, as the authors point out, emotions are not always negative. They can also help in a positive way in judicial interpretation.

The study profiles five countries: Germany, UK, Estonia, Portugal and Spain. Each of these belong both to the European Union and to the Council of Europe. Coverage examines the responsibility of the public powers, more specifically of the legislative and judicial power, both of the police and of the judiciary, in persecuting racist behavior. In addition, the authors also consider the increase in racism in groups of citizens.

The authors argue that racial justice is a proactive reinforcement of policies, practices, attitudes and actions that lead to equal access to opportunities for all. After reading this book, readers will gain a better understanding of the reasoning of legislators, police and judges when dealing with racial discrimination in Europe today.


Racial Justice ECRI´s Reports on Racism in Europe Legislation Against Racism Legal Reasoning in Courts Antiracial Legislation Denial or Justification of Genocide as a Criminal Offence Strasbourg´s Jurisprudence on Discrimination Against Roma Violent Urban Gangs Racial Justice in Germany Combating Racism in the UK Estonian Ban on Hate Speech Portuguese Constitutional Court Nº 544/2014 of 15th July Racism From Perspective of Brazilian Courts of Justice

Editors and affiliations

  • María Elósegui
    • 1
  • Cristina Hermida
    • 2
  1. 1.University of ZaragozaDepartment of Philosophy of Law University of ZaragozaSaragossa (Zaragoza)Spain
  2. 2.University Rey Juan Carlos of MadridPhilosophy of Law University Rey Juan Carlos of MadridMadridSpain

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