Freedom Of Religion

  • How not to Divorce Muslim Women in India

    … Five years ago, during an extended tea break in Cambridge’s architecturally underwhelming University Library, a grad school friend of mine observed that her research topic, the Uniform Civil Code in India, evoked mixed reaction in our otherwise ideologically streamlined friendship circle (left-liberal to far left, no surprises here). Most of us…

    Verfassungsblog- 81 Leser -
  • Reviewing the recent Ban on Ritual Slaughter in Flanders

    … The question whether to limit or prohibit ritual slaughter or not is one that has been vexing decision-makers in both politics and law in Europe in recent years. More correctly, the debate is not about banning the practice for its own sake, but rather the extent to which animal welfare can be advanced without unduly limiting the right to freedom…

    Verfassungsblog- 37 Leser -


  • Triple Talaq before the Indian Supreme Court

    … Shayara Bano, 35, a mother of two was unilaterally divorced by her husband of 15 years, Rizwan Ahmed, when she was visiting her parents in October 2015. The news came to her by post in the form of a talaqnama. Since then she has not been allowed to see her children. The only evidence of the divorce was the note she received from her husband…

    Verfassungsblog- 75 Leser -
  • Afghanistan’s Constitution between Sharia Law and International Human Rights

    … conflict with a number of constitutionally endowed principle, like article 27 that “no deed shall be considered a crime unless ruled by a law promulgated prior to commitment of the offence”. Or with the human right to freedom of religion stated in article 7, which includes the right to change one’s religious persuasion. These rights would…

    Verfassungsblog- 62 Leser -
  • The CJEU’s headscarf decisions: Melloni behind the veil?

    … On 14 March 2017, the Grand Chamber of the Court of Justice (CJEU) handed down two landmark judgments on the Islamic headscarf at work. The twin decisions, Achbita and Bougnaoui, were eagerly awaited, not only because of the importance and delicacy of the legal issues the cases raised, but also because the Advocates General had reached…

    Verfassungsblog- 77 Leser -
  • Can private undertakings hide behind “religious neutrality”?

    … At first glance, matters of religious belief and practice may seem as remote from the everyday concerns of the European Court of Justice as can be. Yet no less than three high-profile cases are currently pending before the Court in which religion is front and centre. The question which the Court needs to answer in each of these proceedings…

    Verfassungsblog- 52 Leser -


  • Islam on the Beach – The Burkini Ban in France

    … In 1964, a young woman wearing a monokini played table tennis on the Croisette, the famous road along the shore in the city of Cannes. She was sentenced for outraging public decency. Half a century later, the mayor of Cannes just banned on his beaches the burkini, a full-body swimsuit weared by some Muslim women. Some other coastal cities…

    Thomas Hochmann/ Verfassungsblog- 129 Leser -
  • Kopftuchverbot am Arbeitsplatz als Diskriminierung

    … je nach den jeweiligen Regeln der betreffenden Religion und dem Maß der Betätigung der einzelnen Person dieses oder jenes Element für diese Person nicht zwingend und daher verhandelbar sein. Doch wäre die Annahme gänzlich verfehlt, dass zwar das Geschlecht und die Hautfarbe jeden Menschen überall hin begleiten, seine Religion jedoch nicht…

    Maximilian Steinbeis/ Verfassungsblog- 97 Leser -
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