The Problem of Race Discrimination in Housing from a Comparative Perspective - American and French Law

Columbia Journal of European Law Online, Vol. 15, pp. 47-53, 2009

7 Pages Posted: 4 May 2010 Last revised: 3 Apr 2024

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Patryk I. Labuda

Polish Academy of Sciences - Institute of Legal Studies

Date Written: January 15, 2009

Abstract

Race discrimination in the sale of homes, the rental of apartments and the procurement of housing loans continue to be a serious problem in the 21st century. Though racially segregated housing is very rarely mandated by law, many vestiges of this and other discriminatory practices still trouble contemporary societies. Increasingly, governments are realizing the destructive ramifications of these practices on the welfare and development of their people, and are taking appropriate measures to offset their effects.

While there is some degree of unanimity among governments about acknowledging the problem per se, the policies and legal frameworks intended to counter its persistence vary from country to country. The United States and France are two cases in point. Both have historically approached race discrimination in housing from different perspectives. One of the main consequences of this situation is that victims of housing discrimination in the two countries have divergent legal avenues for seeking redress. This note considers the features of the (seemingly) mature American anti-discrimination model, and how it compares with recent developments in French anti-discrimination law. It also briefly notes the growing role of international law, and European supranational law in particular, in shaping contemporary approaches to the problem.

Keywords: race discrimination, housing, American law, French law, EU law, international law

Suggested Citation

Labuda, Patryk I., The Problem of Race Discrimination in Housing from a Comparative Perspective - American and French Law (January 15, 2009). Columbia Journal of European Law Online, Vol. 15, pp. 47-53, 2009, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1599215

Patryk I. Labuda (Contact Author)

Polish Academy of Sciences - Institute of Legal Studies ( email )

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