This is the second 2015 issue of the European Equality Law Review. It provides an overview of the latest legislative, policy, and case-law developments from 1 January to 31 July 2015 in the fields of non-discrimination and gender equality in the 35 countries that participate in the European Equality Law Network. These are the 28 Member States of the EU; the EFTA countries of Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway; and the candidate countries of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, and Turkey. The Law Review also contains an overview of anti-discrimination and gender equality case-law from the CJEU and the ECtHR within the same time-frame, and contains four in-depth analytical articles on topics of relevance. Catharine Barnard and Alysia Blackham analyse the role played by gender equality law in matters of self-employment in the EU Member States, while Margarita Ilieva addresses the importance of procedural accommodation in the context of access to justice for persons with mental disabilities. Marjolein van den Brink and Jet Tigchelaar examine in their article the fast-developing subject of sex registration and gender identity. Finally, Christa Tobler focuses on the measures available in the EU to combat discrimination on the ground of sexual orientation.
European equality law review No. 2 | 2015
The thematic report 'Legal implications of EU accession to the Istanbul Convention' clarifies the legal preconditions and legal impact of the possible accession of the EU to the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (Istanbul Convention). In the first chapter of the report, Christine Chinkin considers the evolution of human rights law concerning violence against women, the drafting and adoption of the Istanbul Convention, and the main features of the Convention. The second and third chapters of the report, written by Kevät Nousiainen, consider the Istanbul Convention in relation to EU law, and describe the positions of the 28 EU Member States concerning the Convention. The report is based on a comparative study of country reports submitted by the gender equality experts of the European network of legal experts in gender equality and non-discrimination.
Legal implications of EU accession to the Istanbul Convention
The comparative analyses provide a general overview of the implementation of EU gender equality and non-discrimination law in the EU Member States, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Montenegro, Norway, Serbia and Turkey.