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Ageing, Ageism and the Law

European Perspectives on the Rights of Older Persons Edited by Israel (Issi) Doron, Head of the Center for Research and Study of Aging, Department of Gerontology, University of Haifa, Israel and Nena Georgantzi, Human Rights Officer, AGE Platform Europe, Belgium​ and PhD Fellow, National University of Ireland Galway, Ireland
Europe is ageing. However, in many European countries, and in almost all fields of life, older persons experience discrimination, social exclusion, and negative stereotypes that portray them as different or a burden to society. This pivotal book is the first of its kind, providing a rich and diverse analysis of the inter-relationships between ageing, ageism and law within Europe.
Extent: 224 pp
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Publication Date: 2018
ISBN: 978 1 78897 210 9
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  • European Law
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  • Ageing
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  • Welfare States
Europe is ageing. However, in many European countries, and in almost all fields of life, older persons experience discrimination, social exclusion, and negative stereotypes that portray them as different or a burden to society. This pivotal book is the first of its kind, providing a rich and diverse analysis of the inter-relationships between ageing, ageism and law within Europe.

Throughout the book – which builds on a European Cooperation in Science & Technology (COST) action – leading scholars offer theoretical and empirical analysis in order to discern the role European law plays in perpetuating and combating ageism. Including specific examples of how stereotypes and prejudices influence and shape the European legal system, the book contributes to the broader current global social movement towards advancing a new international human rights convention for older persons.

Timely and engaging, this book will appeal to students and scholars of law, sociology, public policy and a wide range of related fields including gerontology, human rights, and health studies. Practitioners, policy-makers, civil society organizations and senior citizens activists will also benefit from the insights into the socio-legal aspects of social policies and human rights of older persons.
‘This is an excellent collection of essays from some of the leading scholars on ageing and the law. It brings new insights from around Europe on one of the great issues of the day. Protecting the rights of older people is a core issue facing any legal system and this collection provides essential tools to ensure that the law enables us to have a flourishing old age.’
– Jonathan Herring, University of Oxford, UK

‘A ground-breaking, stimulating, and beautifully curated collection that will become the leading book in this urgently important and under-discussed area of the law.’
– Charles Foster, University of Oxford, UK

‘Ageing, Ageism and the Law offers insightful commentary on the issues of ageing, ageism and discrimination from various perspectives. The book provides the reader with a deeper understanding of the issues as the authors delve into their topics with insightfulness. This thought-provoking book is a welcome addition to the field and advances the discourse on this significant issue.’
– Rebecca C. Morgan, Stetson University, College of Law, US
Contributors: P. de Hert, M. De Pauw, I. Doron, N. Georgantzi, A. Gur, R. Harding, E. Mantovani, T. Mattsson, B. Mikołajczyk, A. Numhauser-Henning, G. Quinn, P. Quinn, B. Sleap, B. Spanier, J. Watson
Contents:

Forward
Liat Ayalon and Clemens Tesch-Romer

Introduction: Between Law, Aging and Ageism
Israel (Issi) Doron and Nena Georgantzi

Part I Theories and Concepts
1. Equality, Social Justice and Older People
Rosie Harding

2. Age, Vulnerability and Disability
Titti Mattsson

3. Ageism, Moral Agency, and Autonomy - Getting Beyond Guardianship in the 21st Century
Gerard Quinn, Ayelet Gur and Jo Watson

Part II Realities and Legal Experiences
4. Legal Basis of Active Ageing: European Developments
Barbara Mikołajczyk

5. Ageism, Age Discrimination, Ageism, and Employment Law in the EU…
Ann Numhauser-Henning

6. Stereotyping and Other “Forms of Discrimination in the Chicago Declaration on the Rights of Older Persons and in the Case Law of the European Court of Human Rights
Eugenio Mantovani, Paul Quinn and Paul de Hert

7. The European Social Charter and the Rights of Older Persons
Benny Spanier and Israel Doron

8. Ageism and Age Discrimination in International Human Rights Law
Marijke De Pauw, Bridget Sleap and Nena Georgantzi

Index