Questioning Equality Orders: Contextualising Equality amidst the Multiplicity of Legal Orders

The paper explores contemporary equality regimes from a critical human rights perspective, its underlying rationale, theoretical implications, and impacts on group members throughout implementation processes. Of concern are classical domestic constitutional frameworks (comparatively), without losing sight of developments in the regional ius commune and international law. It examines equality regimes based on their capacity to accommodate difference, in the broader context of an increasing commitment towards multicultural governance as well as the recent right-wing turn in European governance frameworks. Relatedly, it shall understand such orders in relation to majority-minority relations, placing a particular focus on power asymmetries that contributed to the very making of such orders. Equality is thereby subjected to a multidimensional analysis, viewed from pluralism and postcolonial thought, ultimately rights holders on their collective rights and responses from current order(s).