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The Law of Organized Religions: Between Establishment and Secularism

Julian Rivers


This book studies the law of England and Wales as it applies to organized religions. It starts with the legal history of the topic from Roman times to the present day. Current legal arrangements can only be understood against this changing background. In the last decade, a substantial body of international and European human rights law relating to religious associations has also emerged by which domestic law must be evaluated. The human rights dimension of the subject is noted throughout the rest of the work. The legal constitution of religious bodies in English law is clarified, and the enfor ... More

Keywords: religion, legal history, human rights, constitution, public religion, establishment, secularism, autonomy, neutrality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199226108
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199226108.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Julian Rivers, author
Professor of Jurisprudence at the School of Law, University of Bristol