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The ban on theveil and european law

McCrea, R; (2013) The ban on theveil and european law. Human Rights Law Review , 13 (1) pp. 57-97. 10.1093/hrlr/ngs035.

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Abstract

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. © The Author [2013]. Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved.

Type: Article
Title: The ban on theveil and european law
DOI: 10.1093/hrlr/ngs035
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Laws
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1392602
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