The Freedom of Religious Organizations

Hardcover | September 29, 2016

byJane Calderwood Norton

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Religious freedom is now widely accepted as fundamental to any liberal democracy. It is recognised in domestic, regional, and international human rights instruments and its importance is lauded by philosophers, lawyers, judges, clergy, and even politicians. While it is easy to supportreligious freedom in the abstract, tensions can arise between the activities of religious organizations and the law that challenge this general commitment to religious freedom. Should religious organizations be permitted to discriminate against women or gay people in their employment practices, whenadmitting members, or in providing goods and services? Should the courts interfere in these organizations to protect the interests of a disaffected member or to resolve internal property disputes? Should the state allow religious tribunals to determine or advise on family matters?While much has been written about religious individuals and the law, there has been a discernible lack of literature on organizations and the law. Jane Norton fills this gap with The Freedom of Religious Organizations. By exploring potential conflicts between the law and religious organizations, andexamining whether the current British response to such conflicts is justified, this book will consider when English law ought to apply to religious organizations and how these conflicts should be dealt with.

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Religious freedom is now widely accepted as fundamental to any liberal democracy. It is recognised in domestic, regional, and international human rights instruments and its importance is lauded by philosophers, lawyers, judges, clergy, and even politicians. While it is easy to supportreligious freedom in the abstract, tensions can aris...

Jane Calderwood Norton is a lecturer at the University of Auckland, Faculty of Law. She has taught at Columbia Law School and the University of Birmingham law School and is admitted to the bar in both New Zealand and New York State. She completed her doctorate on religious freedom at the University of Oxford.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pagesPublished:September 29, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199689687

ISBN - 13:9780199689682

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Membership3. Employment4. Property Disputes5. The Family6. Goods and Services7. Conclusion