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Religion and Law in the United Kingdom


Author: Mark Hill QC, Russell Sandberg, Norman Doe
Publisher: Wolters Kluwer
Publication Place: Alphen an den Rijn
Pages: 232
ISBN: 9789041134400
Category: n\a


Derived from the renowned multi-volume International Encyclopaedia of Laws, this convenient resource provides systematic information on how United Kingdom 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 United Kingdom. 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

The Authors List of Abbreviations Preface General Introduction Selected Bibliography Part I. Legal Framework and Sources Chapter 1. Constitutional Position of Religion Chapter 2. Other Legislation with Regard to Religion Chapter 3. Typology of the System Part II. Religious Freedom in General Chapter 1. Individual Religious Freedom Chapter 2. Collective Religious Freedom Chapter 3. Organisational Religious Freedom Part III. Legal Status of Religious Communities Chapter 1. Formal Status of Religious Communities Chapter 2. Autonomy of Religious Communities Chapter 3. Fundamental Rights and Religious Communities Chapter 4. Contractual Religious Freedom Part IV. International, Transnational and Regional Effects on Religious Communities Chapter 1. International Law Affecting Religious Communities Chapter 2. Transnational Law Affecting Religious Communities Chapter 3. Regional Law Affecting 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 Protection 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 Ethics 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. 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 Index