School of Law

William Linton


Thesis title: 

Re-describing the limits of discrimination law from the perspective of modern systems theory


Professor David Schiff and Professor Richard Nobles

Summary of research:

This research applies the sociological insights of modern systems theory (in particular, Niklas Luhmann) to anti-discrimination law in order to analyse the relationship between key concepts, structures and observations that attempt to unify and differentiate the field. It describes the legal sub-system's difficulties in dealing with the complexity of modern discrimination claims, the tensions between individuals and collective interests, and the incorporation of affirmative action programmes within the UK legal framework. The protected grounds/characteristics of anti-discrimination law are located within a sociological analysis of social inclusion/exclusion.