Leveraging Legal Protection for Religious Liberty

Angela Wu Howard

in The Future of Religious Freedom

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199930890
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980581 | DOI:
Leveraging Legal Protection for Religious Liberty

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This chapter explores the lever of law in protecting and advancing religious freedom around the world, as a way illuminate the value, status, and challenges of international legal advocacy. Because law embodies a world view, the legal advocate must operate with a clear understanding of first principles, along with specific knowledge of local cultural and political contexts. The chapter draws upon case studies from the United Nations, Indonesia, India, Europe, and Malaysia to chart the status of legal protections for vulnerable religious minorities. It presents common postural errors committed by states that undercut religious freedom and concludes with a series of lessons for understanding and responding to these challenges.

Keywords: international law; international covenants; constitutional provisions; secularism; non-compliance; customary law; authoritarian violations; freedom of religion; freedom of belief; threats to international norms

Chapter.  8863 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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