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Proportionality analysis after Eweida and Others v. UK: Examining the Connections between Articles 9 and 10 of the ECHR

Julie Maher 21st June 2013

Until recently, questions regarding the theory and practice of the proportionality analysis in relation to the application of Article 9 of the ECHR to individuals were largely redundant. The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) rarely viewed state actions towards religious citizens as constituting an interference with Article 9. It was only in 1993 that […]

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R (Hodkin): A Signal to Rethink Religious Worship

Guest Contributor 20th January 2013

By Ilias Trispiotis In R (on the application of Hodkin) v Registrar General of Births, Deaths and Marriages [2012] EWHC 3635 the High Court acknowledged that a broader definition of worship should be part of the future judicial agenda. That could be a positive step, especially vis-à-vis non-theistic religions. The case arose when a couple […]

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Religious Rights in the Balance: Eweida and Others v UK

Julie Maher 16th January 2013

Yesterday’s decision of the European Court of Human Rights in Eweida and Others v the UK has been described as something of a ‘mixed bag’. By a margin of 5 votes to 2 the Chamber ruled that Article 9 of the European Convention had been infringed where a private company refused to allow a Christian employee to wear […]

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