Law and Religion in Europe: A Comparative Introduction

Paperback | September 4, 2011

byNorman Doe

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Each state in Europe has its own national laws which affect religion and these are increasingly the subject of political and academic debate. This book provides a detailed comparative introduction to these laws with particular reference to the states of the European Union. A comparison ofnational laws on religion reveals profound similarities between them. From these emerge principles of law on religion common to the states of Europe and the book articulates these for the first time. It examines the constitutional postures of states towards religion, religious freedom, anddiscrimination, and the legal position, autonomy, and ministers of religious organizations. It also examines the protection of doctrine and worship, the property and finances of religion, religion, education, and public institutions, and religion, marriage, and children, as well as the fundamentalsof the emergent European Union law on religion. The existence of these principles challenges the standard view in modern scholarship that there is little commonality in the legal postures of European states towards religion - it reveals that the dominant juridical model in Europe is that of cooperation between State and religion. The book alsoanalyses national laws in the context of international laws on religion, particularly the European Convention on Human Rights. It proposes that national laws go further than these in their treatment and protection of religion, and that the principles of religion law common to the states of Europemay themselves represent a blueprint for the development of international norms in this field. The book provides a wealth of legal materials for scholars and students. The principles articulated in it also enable greater dialogue between law and disciplines beyond law, such as the sociology ofreligion, about the role of religion in Europe today. The book also identifies areas for further research in this regard, pointing the direction for future study.

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Each state in Europe has its own national laws which affect religion and these are increasingly the subject of political and academic debate. This book provides a detailed comparative introduction to these laws with particular reference to the states of the European Union. A comparison ofnational laws on religion reveals profound simil...

Norman Doe is a Professor of Law and Director of the Centre for Law and Religion at the Law School, Cardiff University, and course director of the LLM in Canon Law there. He studied law at Cardiff, for his doctorate at Cambridge, and theology at Oxford, and is a barrister. His publications include Fundamental Authority in Late Medie...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.78 inPublished:September 4, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199604002

ISBN - 13:9780199604005

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. The Scope, Sources, and Systems of Religion Law2. Religious Freedom and the Individual3. Religious Discrimination and Hatred4. The Legal Position of Religious Organizations5. The Autonomy and Ministers of Religious Organizations6. The Protection of Doctrine and Worship7. The Property and Finances of Religion8. Religion, Education, and Public Institutions9. Religion and the Family: Marriage and Children10. The Religion Law of the European UnionGeneral ConclusionAppendix: The Principles of Religion Law Common to the States of EuropeBibliography