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Freedom of Religion under Bills of Rights

edited by Paul Babie and Neville Rochow

$55.00 | 2012 | Paperback | 978-0-9871718-0-1 | 464 pp

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/9780987171818

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    Foreword: Human Rights and Courts
    The Hon Sir Anthony Mason AC KBE
    DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/UPO9780987171818.001

    INTRODUCTION

    1. Protecting Religious Freedom under Bills of Rights: Australia as Microcosm
    Paul Babie and Neville Rochow
    DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/UPO9780987171818.002

    SETTING THE SCENE

    2. How Religion Constrains Law and the Idea of Choice
    Ngaire Naffine
    DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/UPO9780987171818.003

    3. Is the Emperor Wearing the Wrong Clothes? Human Rights and Social Good in the Context of Australian Secularity: Theological Perspectives
    Bruce Kaye
    DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/UPO9780987171818.004

    4. Anniversary Overlap: Or What happens when St Paul Meets the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
    Alan Cadwallader
    DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/UPO9780987171818.005

    CONTEMPORARY FREEDOM OF RELIGION ISSUES

    5. Defamation and Vilification: Rights to Reputation, Free Speech and Freedom of Religion at Common Law and under Human Rights Laws
    Neil Foster
    DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/UPO9780987171818.006

    6. Should an Australian Bill of Rights Address Emerging International Human Rights Norms? The Challenge of ‘Defamation of Religion’
    Robert C Blitt
    DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/UPO9780987171818.007

    7. Christian Concerns about an Australian Charter of Rights
    Patrick Parkinson
    DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/UPO9780987171818.008

    8. Apostasy in Islam and the Freedom of Religion in International Law
    Asmi Wood
    DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/UPO9780987171818.009

    COMPARATIVE EXPERIENCE WITH FREEDOM OF RELIGION

    Europe

    9. Political Culture and Freedom of Conscience: A Case Study of Austria
    David M Kirkham
    DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/UPO9780987171818.010

    10. The Sky is Falling if Judges Decide Religious Controversies! – Or is it? The German Experience of Religious Freedom Under a Bill of Rights
    Cornelia Koch
    DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/UPO9780987171818.011

    11. Religious Freedom in a Secular Society: The Case of the Islamic Headscarf in France
    Nicky Jones
    DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/UPO9780987171818.012

    12. Religious Freedom in the UK after the Human Rights Act 1998
    Ian Leigh
    DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/UPO9780987171818.013

    North America

    13. Judicial Interpretation, Neutrality and the US Bill of Rights
    Frank S Ravitch
    DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/UPO9780987171818.014

    14. Protecting Religious Freedom: Two Counterintuitive Dialectics in US Free Exercise Jurisprudence
    Brett G Scharffs
    DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/UPO9780987171818.015

    15. Walking the Tightrope: The Struggle of Canadian Courts to Define Freedom of Religion under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
    Barbara Billingsley
    DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/UPO9780987171818.016

    16. Quo Vadis The Free Exercise of Religion? The Diminishment of Student Religious Expression in US Public Schools
    Charles J Russo
    DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/UPO9780987171818.017

    Australia and New Zealand

    17. Freedom from Discrimination on the Basis of Religion
    Kris Hanna
    DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/UPO9780987171818.018

    18. Ruminations from the Shaky Isles on Religious Freedom in the Bill of Rights Era
    Rex Tauati Ahdar
    DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/UPO9780987171818.019

    19. Indigenous Peoples and Bills of Rights
    Paul Rishworth
    DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/UPO9780987171818.020

'The Australian Constitution contains no guarantee of freedom of religion or freedom of conscience. Indeed, it contains very few provisions dealing with rights — in essence, it is a Constitution that confines itself mainly to prescribing a framework for federal government, setting out the various powers of government and limiting them as between federal and state governments and the three branches of government without attempting to define the rights of citizens except in minor respects. […]

Whether Australia should have a national bill of rights has been a controversial issue for quite some time. This is despite the fact that Australia has acceded to the ICCPR, as well as the First Optional Protocol to the ICCPR, thereby accepting an international obligation to bring Australian law into line with the ICCPR, an obligation that Australia has not discharged. Australia is the only country in the Western world without a national bill of rights.4 The chapters that follow in this book debate the situation in Australia and in various other Western jurisdictions.'

From Foreword by The Hon Sir Anthony Mason AC KBE: Human Rights and Courts

Review

'At the heart of this judiciously edited collection of essays is the contentious debate in Australia about whether to adopt a national bill of rights.

(...)

Many readers will be surprised to learn that Australia lacks a national bill of rights; it is the only modern Western nation without one.

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Paul Babie, Neville Rochow and their colleagues in the new Research Unit for the Study of Law, Religion and Society at the University of Adelaide have brought together a strong cast of Australian and international scholars to put the Australian issues in sharp comparative relief.'

John Witte, Jr, Emory University,

Atlanta Ecclesiastical Law Journal, January 2014

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