The Argument for a Narrow Conception of 'Religious Autonomy'

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This article argues for a both horizontal and vertical narrow concept of collective freedom of Religion. The most recent ECtHR judgments as well as the US Supreme Court Hosanna-Tabor case leads theory to establish religious autonomy based on parallel legal roders. Nordic theory has been based on lack of acknowledgement of Canon Law, which is no longer possible. A future path might be to accept overlapping normative orders, however with secular courts as the final institutions.
Original languageEnglish
Article number6
JournalOxford Journal of Law and Religion
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)278-302
Number of pages25
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jun 2015
EventThe Impact of Religion: Challenges for Society, Law and Democracy - Uppsala Universitet, Sweden
Duration: 4 Jun 20084 Jun 2008


ConferenceThe Impact of Religion: Challenges for Society, Law and Democracy
CityUppsala Universitet
OtherReligion, ret og samfund

Bibliographical note

Special Issue on Ministerial Exemption; ed Pamela Slotte & Helge Aarsheim


  • Canon Law
  • Freedom of Religion
  • Ministerial Exemption

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