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Religious Freedom and the Individual

Norman Doe

in Law and Religion in Europe

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199604005
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191729331 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199604005.003.0003
Religious Freedom and the Individual

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This chapter explores religious freedom, particularly from the perspective of individuals. It covers religious freedom in the constitutions of European States, as well as concessions and exemptions enjoyed by individuals from laws of general applicability at the sub-constitutional level (that is, at the level of laws created by States under the authority of national constitutions). It evaluates the impact of Article 9 of the European Convention on Human Rights at the national level (including Strasbourg jurisprudence), and proposes that key elements of Article 9 are already to be found in pre-existing national laws on religion in terms of both the right to religious freedom and the limits which States may place on its exercise.

Keywords: religious freedom; concessions; exemptions; Article 9; States

Chapter.  14687 words. 

Subjects: EU Law

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