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Ombudsmen and Similar Institutions for Protection against Racial and Ethnic Discrimination

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The message conveyed by the Directive is that, in order to put equal treatment principle in place, it is not enough to issue new legislation and leave it to regular judicial procedure for implementation, but that additional efforts are necessary. Bodies combating discrimination and promoting diversity are one major pillar of such additional efforts. This chapter briefs about ombudsman type institutions but will reflect on common sets of working principles that ground the work of most of these bodies. It attempts to show how several features required by bodies working towards implementation of equal treatment can be related to or even derived from classical ombudsman institutions. The chapter shows how ombudsman institution, a centuries-old but flexibly adopted institution, can be seen as having informed idea for the bodies proposed by Directive. It then discusses about substantiate necessity for having specialized agencies beyond courts for dealing with racial and ethnic discrimination.

Keywords: equal treatment; ethnic discrimination; new legislation; Ombudsman institution; racial discrimination



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