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Litigating Religions: An Essay on Human Rights, Courts, and Beliefs

Christopher McCrudden


Religions are a problem for human rights, and human rights are a problem for religions. And both are problems for courts. This essay presents an interpretation of how religion and human rights interrelate in the legal context, and how this relationship might be reconceived to make this relationship somewhat less fraught. It examines how the resurgent role of religion in public life gives rise to tensions with key aspects of human rights doctrine, including freedom of religion and anti-discrimination law, and how these tensions cannot be considered as simply transitional. The context for the di ... More

Keywords: religious freedoms, human rights, conflict, religion, organized religions, human rights theory, litigation, human rights litigation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198759041
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198759041.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher McCrudden, author
Professor of Human Rights and Equality Law, Queen's University Belfast