The Scope, Sources, and Systems of Religion Law

Norman Doe

in Law and Religion in Europe

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199604005
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191729331 | DOI:
The Scope, Sources, and Systems of Religion Law

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This chapter identifies the sources of law and other regulatory instruments used by States to regulate religion at both the constitutional and the sub-constitutional level as well as the religious subjects which these address. It also identifies the key instruments of international law which deal with religion. The chapter goes on to examine legal definitions of religion in terms of belief and action. It then explores the classical view that there are three models of religion-state relations law at work in Europe: the state-church, the separation, and the cooperation models (through concordats and other agreements). It proposes that the classical understanding is inadequate, and that a far more complex picture emerges from the sub-constitutional level of the legal regulation of religion.

Keywords: religion law; international law; legal definitions; state-church model; separation model; cooperation model; religion-state relations law; legal regulation

Chapter.  16587 words. 

Subjects: EU Law

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