Forthcoming from Ashgate Press is a collection of essays entitled Freedom of Religion and Belief, edited by Silvio Ferrari, University of Milan, Italy and and Rinaldo Cristofori. Here’s the publisher’s blurb:

The essays and articles selected for this volume analyze what is generally understood by freedom of religion and belief in today’s world. The different aspects of this fundamental right are considered from the contents of freedom of religion, to the possible limitations of this freedom; and from the freedom of, or freedom from, conundrum to the question of the collective or individual right. This volume reflects legal, philosophical and international perspectives, addresses numerous unanswered questions and offers an effective overview of the current literature and debate in this aspect of the discipline of law and religion.

And here’s the table of contents:

Introduction, Silvio Ferrari; Part I Three Perspectives on Freedom of Religion and Belief: The development of the idea of religious freedom in modern times, Christian Starck; Religious freedoms and other human rights, moral conundrums and hard cases, Veit Bader; Freedom of religion or belief – a human right under pressure, Heiner Bielefeldt. Part II Contents and Protection of the Freedom of Religion and Belief: Freedom of religion in international law, Kevin Boyle; Regional protection of religious human rights, Natan Lerner; Limitations of freedom of religion or belief: international law perspectives, Johan D. van der Vyver; Limits to religious freedom, Rex Ahdar and Ian Leigh; Introduction, Paul Taylor; The European Court of Human Rights and religion, Javier Martinez-Torrón. Part III The Problems of Freedom of Religion and Belief: The concept of religion in the law, Rafael Palomino; The complexity of religion and the definition of ‘religion’ in international law, T. Jeremy Gunn; Religious liberty – freedom of conscience or freedom of choice?, Michael J. Sandel; Humanism and freedom from religion, Rajaji Ramanadha Babu Gogineni and Lars Gule; Religious liberty as a collective right, Julian Rivers; Why is there a right to freedom of religion?, Anat Scolnicov. Part IV Freedom of Religion and Belief and Other Human Rights: Tensions: Equal liberty, Christopher L. Eisgruber and Lawrence G. Sager; The struggle over accommodation, Martha Nussbaum; Liberal states and illiberal religions, Brian Barry; The freedom of religion or belief and the freedom of expression, Malcolm D. Evans; Religion, equality and non-discrimination, Nazila Ghanea; Name index.

The themes of this book should be compared with Brian Leiter’s recent book, Why Tolerate Religion, which was reviewed by Alexander Kaye at the CJL blog here.


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