Assistance to Victims of Discrimination by Equality Bodies of the EU Member States

A Scandinavian Perspective: Legal issues arising from combining the function of providing assistance to victims of discrimination with the function of hearing and investigating complaints

By Bjørn Dilou Jacobsen

As a recent development, EU law requires that Member States must designate specialized bodies for the promotion of equal treatment, and that these bodies must be given power to provide assistance to victims of discrimination. In response, the Member States have chosen different models for their equality bodies, however the majority of the equality bodies have been given competence to hear and investigate complaints. By comparing the Scandinavian equality bodies, this book calls attention to how establishing equality bodies with competence to hear and investigate complaints raises certain legal issues which may diminish the ability of these bodies to provide assistance to victims of discrimination effectively. The book demonstrates how the majority of these issues can be overcome, with the result that equality bodies with competence to hear and investigate complaints are fully effective in meeting both the letter and the spirit of the EU law requirement.


372 pages

Publication Date: 7/9/2010
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9788757421569