by: Javier Martínez-Torrón
Description: Derived from the renowned multi-volume International Encyclopaedia of Laws, this convenient resource provides systematic information on how Spain deals with the role religion plays or can play in society, the legal status of religious communities and institutions, and the legal interaction among religion, culture, education, and media. After a general introduction describing the social and historical background, the book goes on to explain the legal framework in which religion is approached. Coverage proceeds from the principle of religious freedom through the rights and contractual obligations of religious communities; international, transnational, and regional law effects; and the legal parameters affecting the influence of religion in politics and public life. Also covered are legal positions on religion in such specific fields as church financing, labour and employment, and matrimonial and family law. A clear and comprehensive overview of relevant legislation and legal doctrine make the book an invaluable reference source and very useful guide. Succinct and practical, this book will prove to be of great value to practitioners in the myriad instances where a law-related religious interest arises in Spain. Academics and researchers will appreciate its value as a thorough but concise treatment of the legal aspects of diversity and multiculturalism in which religion plays such an important part.
Table of contents:
List of Abbreviations.
Part I. Legal Framework and Sources.
Chapter 1. Constitutional Position of Religion.
Chapter 2. Other Legislation with Regard to Religion.
Chapter 3. Typology of the System.
Part II. Religious Freedom in General.
Chapter 1. Individual Religious Freedom.
Chapter 2. Freedom of Conscience and Legal Obligations: Conscientious Objections.
Chapter 3. Collective Religious Freedom.
Chapter 4. Organizational Religious Freedom.
Part III. Legal Status of Religious Communities.
Chapter 1. Formal Status of Religious Communities.
Chapter 2. Autonomy of Religious Communities.
Chapter 3. Places of Worship and Meeting.
Chapter 4. Fundamental Rights and Religious Communities.
Chapter 5. Contractual Religious Freedom.
Chapter 6. Religious Assistance in Public Institutions.
Part IV. International, Transnational, Regional Effects on Religious Communities.
Chapter 1. International Law Effects on Religious Communities.
Chapter 2. Transnational Law Effects on Religious Communities.
Chapter 3. Regional Law Effects on Religious Communities.
Part V. Religion and Politics.
Chapter 1. Religion Influence in Politics.
Chapter 2. Political Influence in Religion.
Chapter 3. Interaction between Religion and State on a Political and Legal Level.
Part VI. Labour Law within Religious Communities.
Chapter 1. Scope of Application of Labour Law.
Chapter 2. Religious Ministers and Labour Law.
Chapter 3. Other Church Employees and Labour Law.
Part VII. Religious Communities and Protections of the Individual.
Chapter 1. Protection of Privacy.
Chapter 2. Freedom to Marry.
Chapter 3. Freedom of Expression.
Chapter 4. Due Process Norms and Religious Groups.
Chapter 5. Professional Secrecy.
The author: Professor of Law (Catedrático), Complutense University, Madrid (Spain) since 2000, and Director of the Department of Law and Religion of Complutense University (since 2009). Doctor utroque iure (of Law and of Canon Law). He obtained his first chair at the University of Granada, in 1993, where he was Director of the Area of Law and Religion (1993-2000). Founder and Director of the Seminar of Comparative Law of the University of Granada (1997-2000). Visiting professor and researcher in numerous Universities of Spain, Europe, North-America, and Latin-America (among them Cambridge, Chicago, Columbia, Berkeley, Harvard, Ottawa, Freiburg (Germany) and Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México - UNAM). He is also, since 2001, part-time Professor at Saint Louis University Law School (Comparative Law, Summer Law Courses).
Publisher: Kluwer Law International