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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 (4th edn)

David Harris, Michael O'Boyle, Ed Bates, and Carla Buckley
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date: 04 October 2022

p. 57112. Article 9: Freedom of thought, conscience, and religionlocked

p. 57112. 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 BuckleyCarla BuckleyResearch Fellow, Human Rights Law Centre, University of Nottingham
  •  and Peter CumperPeter CumperProfessor of Law, University of Leicester

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 at the workplace. In the past two decades, the Court has made important strides in formulating its own guidelines in relation to freedom of thought, conscience, and religion.

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