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1st Edition

Human Rights and Charity Law
International Perspectives

ISBN 9780367596927
Published June 30, 2020 by Routledge
340 Pages

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Book Description

The 60 or so nations that subscribe to the common law tradition had for centuries broadly accepted the same legal definitions of what constitutes a charity. In recent years, however, a number of countries have embarked on charity law reform processes, designed to strengthen the regulatory framework and to review and encode common law concepts. A primary driver of reform was the need to modernise national charity law and ensure human rights compatibility. In light of these reforms, this book takes stock of how charity law is adapting to face the challenges presented by human rights.

The book identifies the key areas where human rights and charity law intersect and examines the importance of those areas, the principles involved and their political significance. It offers a comparative analysis of selected common law countries including England, Wales, Ireland, US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, assessing the extent of national human rights and charity compatibility. Kerry O’Halloran also goes on to consider tensions arising from the intersection of human rights and charity law, including the significance of cultural values and heritage, the importance of proportionality and striking a balance between public and private interests in current society.

Table of Contents

Introduction  Part 1: Background 1. Frames of Reference, Boundaries and Social Context  2. Charity Law and Fundamental Legal Rights: Concepts and Principles  3. Legal Functions  Part 2: Contemporary Law, Policy and Practice in a Common Law Context  4. England and Wales  5. Ireland  6. United States of America  7. Canada  8. Australia  9. New Zealand  Part 3: Contrasting Tensions and Political Implications  10. Characteristic Tensions and Alternative Perspectives  Conclusion

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Kerry O'Halloran is Adjunct Professor at the Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies, QUT, Australia.