The right to equality in Europe and Latin America:

affirmative actions to promote non-discrimination of race and sex


  • Cecília Weiler
  • Patricia Grazziotin Noschang


Equality policies; Latin America; European Union.


Although the concept of equality is universally valid, substantive equality is far from being achieved. For academic purposes, two equality issues were highlighted in this article: racial discrimination and affirmative action; and women equality and the implementation of quotas. In view of the current scenario, it is important to compare the different visions and applications of the concept of equality in the European Union and Latin America. The purpose of these comparisons, in line with this work’s aim, is to create a starting point for a commitment to equality. The methodology used in this academic work was bibliographic, analyzing concepts of civil and constitutional law doctrines, as well as scientific journals and periodical articles. Jurisprudential analyzes were also carried out. It was concluded that it is in the difference between the systems of laws that different jurisdictions can learn from each other in taking new initiatives to promote equality and fight discrimination.