• Elisabeth Veronika Henn
Part of the Beiträge zum ausländischen öffentlichen Recht und Völkerrecht book series (BEITRÄGE, volume 280)


International actors and courts have increasingly drawn attention to structural discrimination against women, Roma, and other disadvantaged social groups. Structural discrimination is characterized by its omnipresence in all spheres of life, ‘resulting in a situation where the prohibition of discrimination in any one of these spheres or, indeed in all of them, will not suffice to ensure effective equality.’ It is rooted in historically grown, unequal power relations between members of different social groups and unintentionally perpetuated by symbols, customs, sublimed assumptions of subordination and dominance, stereotypes and socio-political as well as economic structures. While it is no legal concept, structural discrimination allows for broadening the perspective for past and present social structures the disadvantageous effect of which may be revealed where indirect discrimination occurs. This additional perspective may render anti-discrimination policies more effective.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Elisabeth Veronika Henn
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  1. 1.University of PotsdamPotsdamGermany

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