India's Supreme Court quotes Sciences Po Professor on Systemic Discrimination
- Supreme Court of Justice in New Delhi, 2020 @PhotographerIncognito/Shutterstock
In a recent judgment, the Supreme Court of India quotes Sciences Po School of Law Professor Marie Mercat-Bruns on the recognition of systemic discrimination in Europe:
In order to conceptualize substantive equality, it would be apposite to conduct a systemic analysis of discrimination that combines tools of direct and indirect discrimination. In the words of Professor Marie Mercat- Bruns: “Systemic discrimination posits the need to conceptualize discrimination in terms of workplace dynamics rather than solely in existing terms of an identifiable actor’s isolated state of mind, a victim’s perception of his or her own work environment, or the job-relatedness of a neutral employment practice with adverse consequences. Systemic discrimination derives from how organizations, as structures discriminate.”
— Judgment authored by Dr. Justice Dhananjaya Y Chandrachud, Judge at the Supreme Court of India
Marie Mercat-Bruns is Affiliated Professor at Sciences Po Law School and a tenured Associate Law Professor in Private Law and in Labor and Employment Law at the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers (CNAM) where she coheads the Gender, Law and Discrimination Program at the Research Institute LISE CNRS. She is also a member of the scientific committee of Presage (Sciences Po/OFCE Research and Academic Program on Gender Thinking). In 2019, she was appointed Expert for France on Gender Equality for the EU Commission.