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Are there any problems concerning the implementation of national legislation prohibiting discrimination?

Key Area:
Anti-discrimination Legislation & Implementation
Discrimination, Equality
26/12/2011 - 15:14
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There are many barriers to effective implementation in France. Legal action is not considered as a mean of advocacy. Anti-discrimination law is perceived by legal actors as foreign and undermining traditional civil law. Judicial actors in civil matters do not perceive rules of evidence as a central aspect of the civil judicial process and there is lack experience in making a systemic use of them. Meanwhile, the traditional formal theory of equality remains the ultimate reference and there is significant resistance to the concept of indirect discrimination. Finally, very few NGOs are knowledgeable in the management of judicial recourses.

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Key socio-economic / Institutional Areas Anti-discrimination
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