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Harris, O'Boyle, and Warbrick: Law of the European Convention on Human Rights

Harris, O'Boyle, and Warbrick: Law of the European Convention on Human Rights (5th edn)

David Harris, Michael O'Boyle, Ed Bates, and Carla M. Buckley
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date: 21 June 2024

p. 57612. Article 9: Freedom of Thought, Conscience, and Religionlocked

p. 57612. Article 9: Freedom of Thought, Conscience, and Religionlocked

  • David Harris, David HarrisEmeritus Professor in Residence, and Co-Director, Human Rights Law Centre, University of Nottingham
  • Michael O’boyle, Michael O’boyleDeputy Registrar of the European Court of Human Rights (2006–2015)
  • Ed Bates, Ed BatesAssociate Professor, School of Law, University of Leicester
  • Carla M. Buckley, Carla M. BuckleyInternational Human Rights Lawyer
  • KreŠimir Kamber, KreŠimir KamberRegistry Lawyer, European Court of Human Rights
  • ZoË Bryanston-Cross, ZoË Bryanston-CrossRegistry Lawyer, European Court of Human Rights
  • Peter CumperPeter CumperProfessor of Law, University of Leicester
  •  and Heather GreenHeather GreenIndependent Researcher

Abstract

This chapter discusses Article 9 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which covers forms of both religious and non-religious belief. Few Articles of the Convention have generated as much controversy as Article 9, from complaints about curbs on religious dress and displays of religious symbols to conflicts over faith in the workplace. In the past three decades, the Court has made important strides in formulating its own guidelines in relation to freedom of thought, conscience, and religion. The chapter considers the restrictions on belief permitted by Article 9.

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