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Living together in an age of religious diversity: Lessons from Baby Loup and SAS

Hunter-Henin, M; (2015) Living together in an age of religious diversity: Lessons from Baby Loup and SAS. Oxford Journal of Law and Religion , 4 (1) pp. 94-118. 10.1093/ojlr/rwu060. Green open access

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Abstract

This article explores two recent decisions by the European Court of Human Rights and the French Cour de cassation respectively: SAS v France –a challenge to the French ban on the full-face covering in the public space and Baby Loup –in which a private nursery employee was dismissed for refusing to remove her non-face covering Islamic veil. This article demonstrates that whilst the two decisions share many features, the European Court of Human Rights only offers a semi-support to the French suspicions towards religion. Beyond French borders, the article argues that despite its flawed legal basis (the concept of living together) and its concerning use of proportionality tests, of discrimination protection and of margin of appreciation doctrine, the SAS judgment adopts a balanced approach which may pave the way for a less confrontational method of resolution of majority/minority conflicts over the place of religion in Europe.

Type: Article
Title: Living together in an age of religious diversity: Lessons from Baby Loup and SAS
Location: UK
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1093/ojlr/rwu060
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ojlr/rwu060
Language: English
Additional information: This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in the Oxford Journal of Law and Religion following peer review. The version of record for Hunter-Henin, M; (2015) Living together in an age of religious diversity: Lessons from Baby Loup and SAS. Oxford Journal of Law and Religion , 4 (1) pp. 94-118. is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ojlr/rwu060.
Keywords: Religious symbols in the workplace, French burqa ban, SAS v France, Baby Loup, laïcité, proportionality, margin of appreciation, living together
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Laws
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1457877
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