Law, Rights, and Religion (2nd edition)

ISBN : 9780198827153

Samantha Knights
352 ページ
171 x 246 mm

Building on the highly-regarded first edition, this is a comprehensive study of the relationship between law and religion in English law. Against a backdrop of an increasingly religiously and culturally diverse country, it represents a vital legal analysis of fundamental questions regarding individual and group rights, and how the political and legal systems regard and engage with such diversity. Questions about equality, non-discrimination, tolerance, and social cohesion are of great concern both in the public policy, and legal spheres. At a practical level, the debates range from the issue of whether businesses such as shops and hotels can decline to provide services on religious grounds, through clashes between the school curriculum and faith, to requests for employment leave on grounds of religion. Law, Rights, and Religion examines the legal principles underlying religious rights, and the application of issues of faith within the legal system. Framed by the Human Rights Act 1998, the Equality Act 2010, and the EC Equality Directives, it delves into specific areas of legal practice, including education, employment, immigration, family law, criminal law, and terrorism. The author combines detailed analysis with a clear assessment of the practical and procedural issues, making this an important tool in the library of all specialists in the areas of equality, discrimination, and human rights.


Table of Legislation
List of Abbreviations
1 Context and Background
2 Religion, Law and the Courts
3 Legal Framework on Religious Freedom
4 The Balance of Competing Interests
5 Education
6 Employment
7 Immigration and Asylum
8 Family Law
9 Crime and Terrorism
10 Health and Safety, Planning and Prisons
11 Commercial and Arbitration
12 Goods, Services, and Charities


Samantha Knights QC is a member of Matrix Chambers specialising in commercial litigation, immigration and asylum, public law, and international law. She has been involved in significant law developments before courts in both England & Wales and the UE. Knights is a well-established speaker, having given talks and lectures at institutions worldwide, including LSE, Oxford, Harvard and Miami Law where she is currently teaching Legal Communication.