This book analyses the right to religious freedom within international law. Analysing legal structures in a variety of both Western and non-Western jurisdictions, the book sets out a topography of the different constitutional structures of religion within the state and their compliance with international human rights law. The book also considers the position of women's religious freedom vis a vis community claims of religious freedom. Taking a rigorous approach to the right, Anat Scolnicov argues that the interpretation and application of religious freedom must be understood as a conflict between individual and group claims of rights, and argues for an individualistic interpretation of this right.
Table of Contents
1. Existing Protection of Religious Freedom in International Law 2. Why is there a Right to Freedom of Religion? 3. The Legal Status of Religion in the State 4. Women and Religious Freedom 5. Children, Education and Religious Freedom 6. Religious Freedom as a Right of Free Speech 7. Conclusion
Anat Scolnicov is the Director of studies and a College Lecturer in Law at Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge, UK.