The Right to Religious Freedom in International Law
Between Group Rights and Individual Rights
Routledge – 2010 – 248 pages
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.
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.