Julian Rivers

in The Law of Organized Religions

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780199226108
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191594243 | DOI:

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Chaplaincies are a familiar feature of public institutions such as the armed forces, prisons, hospitals, universities, and other professional and industrial contexts. This chapter sets out and compares the law of chaplaincies in these different areas. It observes that although the density of regulation varies considerably, similar process of change can be observed: a significant growth of employed chaplains after the mid-20th century, and a concerted effort to open up chaplaincies to non-Christian religions after the turn of the millennium. The provision of chaplaincies has an important human rights dimension, and the relevant law is explained. This cannot be understood merely as an individual right of access to spiritual assistance, but requires positive structuring by the state in collaboration with organized religions.

Keywords: chaplains; armed forces; prisons; hospitals; universities; human rights

Chapter.  13715 words. 

Subjects: Human Rights and Immigration

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