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‘Veil Bans and European Law’

McCrea, R; (2012) ‘Veil Bans and European Law’. Human Rights Law Review , 12 (4) , Article 16,500 words. (In press).

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This article argues that the fate of veil bans under European law is uncertain. It shows that European commitments to free speech and freedom of religion cannot accommodate an absolute ban justified solely on grounds of the offensiveness of the veil. However, a ban that applies to public face-covering in general (rather than a ban that only targets the veil), that relates to the specific (though admittedly broad) context of social life and that provides some exceptions allowing the veil to be worn in specific religious or expressive contexts, has a reasonable chance of being upheld by European courts despite the significant infringement of personal autonomy it would involve

Title:‘Veil Bans and European Law’
UCL classification:UCL > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Faculty of Laws

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