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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law [MPECCoL]

Discrimination

Tarunabh Khaitan

From: Oxford Constitutions (http://oxcon.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 10 December 2018

Subject(s):
International human rights treaties — Collective rights — Group rights — Individual rights — Fundamental rights — Discrimination

Published under the direction of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law.
General Editors: Rainer Grote, Frauke Lachenmann, Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1. Provisions prohibiting discrimination (‘antidiscrimination provisions’), often as a fundamental right guarantee, are ubiquitous in national constitutions ( Namaat, Osin and Porat ). These provisions have come to embody a key pillar of the legitimacy of states, alongside democratic government and a commitment to the rule of law . Democratic states that altogether lack a constitutional prohibition on discrimination tend to be exceptional. Australia is one such exception ( Kruger v Commonwealth (1997) 190 CLR 1 (HC) (Austl) at 64). This entry concerns...
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