On discrimination law – Work Package 2

Religious Discrimination in Private Relations
Supervisor: prof. dr. Stefan Sottiaux 
Researcherr: dr. Jogchum Vrielink

A difference in treatment on the grounds of religion generally tends to be justified if an ‘objective and reasonable justification’ can be provided, which requires a legitimate aim and proportionality between means and ends. This test provides a rather large margin of appreciation, especially in private relations, about which there is relatively little case law in the European context. Work Package 2 therefore examines the justifications that may apply to private actors with regards to unequal treatment on grounds of religion or beliefs.

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