This book aims to analyse how the concept of vulnerability is framed within legislation and judicial interpretation in the European context. At the outset, the idea behind the book may seem ambitious, since vulnerability appears a vague, broad and elusive concept, one that is particularly difficult to construct and define in legal terms. However, ambition very often provides the drive to remarkable projects, and this volume makes no exception. The editors of the book succeed in putting together a substantial collection of diverse, comprehensive and valuable contributions, whose trait d’union is represented by the concept of vulnerability, its scope and consequences from a legal standpoint.

Each chapter of the volume focuses on a group of individuals who are—or might be considered—vulnerable and analyses the protection challenges, developments and gaps in the European system,...

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