Berkeley Comparative Anti-Discrimination Law Virtual Study Group


Who We Are:

We are a group of scholars from multiple academic disciplines from
five continents, joined together by an interest in the study of
comparative anti-discrimination law. Some of us are senior scholars
with endowed chairs, others are junior faculty or graduate students.


Where We Are:

We teach and study at dozens of universities, including:

  • Berkeley
  • Cardozo Law School
  • Deakin University, Australia
  • European University Institute, Florence
  • Fordham University
  • Hanyang University School of Law, Korea
  • Harvard
  • Humboldt University, Berlin
  • Indian Institute of Public Administration
  • Instituto de Derecho Comparado Franco-Argentino
  • Jiao Tong University (Shanghai)
  • King’s College London
  • Loyola Law School
  • LUMSA University (Rome)
  • Maastricht University, the Netherlands
  • Masaryk University-Brno, Czech Republic
  • National University of Ireland (Galway)
  • New York University
  • Sciences-Po Paris
  • The Sorbonne
  • University of Bologna
  • University of Brescia
  • University of Brussels (ULB)
  • University of California, Irvine
  • University of Iceland
  • University of Leicester
  • University of Oxford
  • University of Parix X
  • University of Valencia, Spain
  • University of York
  • Yale

Others of us can be found at government organizations, including the French
anti-discrimination agency and the European Commission, and NGO’s,
including the Open Society Justice Initiative.


What We Do:

We meet more or less monthly, face-to-face in Berkeley, and by
internet-based video conference from our homes and offices around the
world, to present our work in progress, and to discuss developments in
comparative anti-discrimination law.  Recent presentations have
included: the European Court of Human Rights Crucifix in the classroom
case, the question of “color-blindness” in the United States and
Europe, comparative affirmative action, the development of disability
rights under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons
with Disabilities, same-sex marriage in the United States and Europe,
and the evolving equality jurisprudence of the European Court of