The Principle of Equality. New and Old Challenges

The Principle of Equality. New and Old Challenges

IACL Roundtable – International Association of Constitutional Law

In collaboration with Associazione Diritto pubblico comparato ed europeo e Società italiana per la ricerca nel diritto comparato

Università degli Studi di Siena-Certosa di Pontignano

June 15th-16th, 2023


June 15th, 9.30 – 10.30 Opening Session


Tania Groppi, University of Siena

Opening Speeches

Helle Krunke, President of IACL

Roberto Di Pietra, Rector of University of Siena

Rolando Tarchi, President of DPCE

Barbara Pozzo, President of SIRD

Keynote Speech

Tom Ginsburg, University of Chicago

The Expressive Complexities of Constitutional


June 15th, 11-13 First Session: The principle of Equality and Social Justice


Helle Krunke, University of Copenhagen

Marek Zubik, University of Warsaw


David Bilchitz, University of Johannesburg

Equality of What? The Need for Minimum Thresholds in Giving Effect to Socio Economic Rights

Irene Spigno, Academia Interamericana de derechos humanos, Saltillo, Coahuila, México

Social Rights in Mexican Constitutionalism

Akiko Ejima, Meiji University, Tokyo

The Principle of Equality in Transforming Society: Achievements and Challenges

Siri Gloppen , University of Bergen

Can Social Movements Advance Substantive Equality through Social Rights


June 15th, 14-16 Second Session: Gender Equality


Susanna Mancini, University of Bologna

Tom Daly, University of Melbourne


Angelo Schillaci, University of Rome “La Sapienza”

A Matter of Equal Dignity. New Paths in the Recognition and Protection of Gender Identity in European Constitutional Experiences

Selin Esen, University of Ankara

Protecting the Women’s Rights Through a Constitutional Court: the Case of Turkey

Iris Nguyen Duy, University of Agder, Norway

Gender Equality in France: Constitutional Framework and Challenges

Neila Chaabane & Salwa Hamrouni, University of Carthage

Gender Equality in the Tunisian Constitutions


June 15th, 16.30-19.00 Special Session for Junior Scholars: The Principle of Equality and Rule of Law


Jens Elo Rytter, University of Copenhagen

When-Chen Chang, National University Taiwan


Ayushi Agarwal, University of Oxford

Interpreting ‘equality’: What can it contribute for the rule of law in sports?

Arca Alpan, Marmara University

Degrowth or Sustainable Development: Can we hold governments responsible for shrinking their economies to make room for justice and equality?

Maria Francesca De Tullio, University of Napoli “Federico II”

Which Data Governance for a Social Post-Pandemic Recovery?

Micol Ferrario, University of Neuchâtel

The Principle of Equality Amidst the Protection of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity: The Case of Switzerland

Toni Fickentscher, University of Regensburg

Social Security Generational Justice as a Constitutional Justifiable Mandate?

Tainá Garcia Maia, University of Münster

The Right to Equality of LGBTI Persons in the Inter-American Court of Human Rights: A Prototypical Case of the Negligible Role of Consensus?

Miki Kadota, Kyoto University

Reviving “The Social Obligation of Property” Against the Exclusion from Public Spaces

Sato Naito, Waseda University Tokyo

Equality principle in Japanese case law

Suresh Sandeep, Jindal Global Law School, Sonipat

Equality = non-arbitrariness? Locating this equation in the Indian equality jurisprudence using the Rule of Law framework

Davide Zecca, University of Milano

Equality of arms in politics: the role of courts in adjudicating the openness of political processes

Zheng Zhu, China University of Political Science and Law

The Unconstitutionality of Mandatory Disclosure of IP-Addresses and Its Impact on Regional Discrimination on Chinese Social Media

Rueven Ziegler, University of Reading

Are all LGBT+ asylum-seekers created equal?


June 16th, 9,30-11,30 Third Session: Pluralism and Minorities


Valeria Piergigli, University of Siena

Anna Cornell Jonsson, University of Uppsala


Oumarou Narey, Université Abdou Moumouni de Niamey-Niger

Les droits des minorités en Afrique: jeux et enjeux

Josè Maria Serna, Instituto de Investigaciones Juridicas, UNAM, Mexico

Pluralism and the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Mexico: the Difficult Coexistence of State and Non-state Judicial Systems

Sionaidh Douglas-Scott, Queen Mary’s University, London, UK

Pluralism in the UK: Inequities, Devolution and Independence in Scotland

Jens Woelk, University of Trento

Political Participation and Representation of Minorities in the Western Balkans


June 16th, 12-13 Closing Remarks

Giuliano Amato, Former President of the Italian Constitutional Court

Non-discrimination Principle as a Major Source of Equality


Pablo Riberi, National University of Cordoba, Argentina


Scientific Committee

Professor Tania Groppi

Professor Valeria Piergigli


Organizing Committee

Valentina Carlino (

Chiara Cerbone (

Giammaria Milani (