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Law and International Religious Freedom

The Rise and Decline of the American Model

Pasquale Annicchino



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04 December 2017
Religious freedom & freedom of worship; International human rights law
This book analyzes the promotion and protection of freedom of religion in the international arena with a particular focus on the role and influence of the US International Religious Freedom Act, 1998. It also investigates the impact of the IRFA on the legislation and policies of third countries and the EU. The book develops the story of the protection of religious freedom through foreign policy by showing how religious laws affect and shape a more communitarian dimension of the notion of freedom of religion which stands in contrast with a traditionally Western individualistic understanding of the right. It is argued that it is still possible to defend the unstable category of freedom of religion or belief especially when major violations are at stake. The book presents a balanced contribution to the academic debate on the promotion and protection of religious freedom. The comparative approach and interdisciplinary methodology make it a valuable resource for academics, students and policy-makers in Law, International Relations and Strategic Studies.
By:   Pasquale Annicchino
Imprint:   Routledge
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 246mm,  Width: 174mm, 
Weight:   386g
ISBN:   9781138282445
ISBN 10:   1138282448
Series:   ICLARS Series on Law and Religion
Pages:   116
Publication Date:   04 December 2017
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Further / Higher Education
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Dr Pasquale Annicchino is a Visiting Fellow in the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute, Italy and a Senior Research Associate at the Cambridge Institute on Religion and International Studies, Cambridge, United Kingdom. His research interests are in the areas of Law and Religion, Comparative Human Rights, National Security Law, Legal Theory, and European Union Law and EU External Relations. He has published widely on these and related areas.

Reviews for Law and International Religious Freedom: The Rise and Decline of the American Model

'Several governments in the West have grown committed to exporting religious freedom worldwide and have looked at the United States for inspiration. While explaining why the American model has been on the rise since the 1998 International Religious Freedom Act, Pasquale Annicchino suggests that international politics subservient to national interests are threatening the global religious conversation.' Professor Marco Ventura, University of Siena, Italy

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