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“Religious Freedoms in an Age of Equality”

Hunter-Henin, M; (2013) “Religious Freedoms in an Age of Equality”. Presented at: Law and Michael Freeman Colloquium, UCL Laws.

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In this paper, I will analyze and compare the 2010 French ban on the covering of the face with the European Court of Human Rights’ decisions of McFarlene and Ladele of 15 January 2013. Both address the delicate articulation of religious freedom with equality rights and of autonomy with common values. The French ban on the burqa was justified as a means to enforce common values against minority practices which are seen as the symbol of deliberate social exclusion. It was praised as an instrument to liberate women in “walking prisons”. In McFarlene and Ladele, employees objected on religious grounds from performing their duties to the benefit of same-sex couples. This paper will argue that whereas McFarlene and Ladele could legitimately be asked to act against their conscience, women wearing the burqa in France and Belgium should not have been forbidden by law to do so.

Type: Conference item (Presentation)
Title: “Religious Freedoms in an Age of Equality”
Event: Law and Michael Freeman Colloquium
Location: UCL Laws
Dates: 01 July 2013 - 02 July 2013
Keywords: Religious conscience, Ladele, McFarlane, Equality
UCL classification: 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/1457909
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