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Religion and Law in Spain


Author: J. Martinez- Torrón
Publisher: Wolters Kluwer
Publication Place: Alphen aan den Rijn (NL)
Pages: 276
ISBN: 9789403500430
Category: n\a


Derived from the renowned multi-volume International Encyclopaedia of Laws, this convenient resource provides systematic information on how Spain deals with the role religion plays or can play in society, the legal status of religious communities and institutions, and the legal interaction among religion, culture, education, and media.
After a general introduction describing the social and historical background, the book goes on to explain the legal framework in which religion is approached. Coverage proceeds from the principle of religious freedom through the rights and contractual obligations of religious communities; international, transnational, and regional law effects; and the legal parameters affecting the influence of religion in politics and public life. Also covered are legal positions on religion in such specific fields as church financing, labour and employment, and matrimonial and family law. A clear and comprehensive overview of relevant legislation and legal doctrine make the book an invaluable reference source and very useful guide.

Succinct and practical, this book will prove to be of great value to practitioners in the myriad instances where a law-related religious interest arises in Spain. Academics and researchers will appreciate its value as a thorough but concise treatment of the legal aspects of diversity and multiculturalism in which religion plays such an important part.

Table of contents
General Introduction
Part I. Legal Framework and Sources
Chapter 1. Constitutional Position of Religion
Chapter 2. Other Legislations with Regard to Religion
Chapter 3. Typology of the System
Part II. Religious Freedom in General
Chapter 1. Individual Religious Freedom
Chapter 2. Freedom of Conscience and Legal Obligations: Conscientious Objections
Chapter 3. Collective Religious Freedom
Chapter 4. Organizational Religious Freedom
Part III. Legal Status of Religious Communities
Chapter 1. Formal Status of Religious Communities
Chapter 2. Autonomy of Religious Communities
Chapter 3. Places of Worship and Meeting
Chapter 4. Fundamental Rights and Religious Communities
Chapter 5. Contractual Religious Freedom
Chapter 6. Religious Assistance in Public Institutions
Part IV. International, Transnational, Regional Effects on Religious Communities
Chapter 1. International Law Effects on Religious Communities
Chapter 2. Transnational Law Effects on Religious Communities
Chapter 3. Regional Law Effects on Religious Communities
Part V. Religion and Politics
Chapter 1. Religion Influence in Politics
Chapter 2. Political Influence in Religion
Chapter 3. Interaction Between Religion and State on a Political and Legal Level
Part VI. Labour Law Within Religious Communities
Chapter 1. Scope of Application of Labour Law
Chapter 2. Religious Ministers and Labour Law
Chapter 3. Other Church Employees and Labour Law
Part VII. Religious Communities and Protections of the Individual
Chapter 1. Protection of Privacy
Chapter 2. Freedom to Marry
Chapter 3. Freedom of Expression
Chapter 4. Due Process Norms and Religious Groups
Chapter 5. Professional Secrecy
Chapter 6. Medical Deontology
Chapter 7. Non-discrimination
Chapter 8. Penal Law and Religion
Part VIII. Church Financing
Chapter 1. Direct Financing of Religious Communities
Chapter 2. Indirect Financing of Religious Communities
Part IX. Education
Chapter 1. Religious Education in Public and Private Schools
Chapter 2. Religious Schools
Part X. Matrimonial and Family Law
Chapter 1. Legal Position of Religious Marriage
Chapter 2. Legal Position of Religious Family Law
Part XI. Religion and Culture
Chapter 1. Religion and Art
Chapter 2. Religion and Media
Chapter 3. Religion and Civil Society
Chapter 4. Religion and Public Debate
Selected Bibliography