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Faculty: Faculty of Law   
Course: HP3628 Islam in Europe - ECHR Case Law
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Person: Sean Davidson   
Department: Department of Foreign Languages (22-KJ)   
Actual from: 02.04.2020   
Actual until: 30.06.2020   
Notice created: 02.04.2020 21:46   
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possible to complete course through distance means 

Islam in Europe – ECHR Case Law

Sean Davidson                                                                     

Course Objectives: 1) to analyse how free religion rights are interpreted by the ECtHR; 2) to consider issues concerning margin of appreciation and subsidiarity in light of the Convention; 3) to provide useful context to compare and assess various approaches to reasoning free religion cases, in both ECtHR dissenting opinions and decisions from various jurisdictions; 4) to develop skills of reasoning and critical analysis, especially through arguing and deciding cases in moot court exercises.

Course Requirements:  Obtain at least 55/100 assessment points (see below)

Final Marks:  

(A-E, Erasmus students)  A: 91-100       B: 82-90        C: 73-81        D: 64-72       E: 55-63

(1-3, regular curriculum students)     1: 89-100         2: 75-88          3: 55-74 

                      

 

Final Mark Assessment:

           

·         2 Moot Court exercises (April 7, May 5):  45% each

 

-Lawyers marked as a group (in groups of 2 or 3) based on oral arguments during the Moot Court hearing itself

 

-Judges marked individually on written judicial opinions (maximum 2000 words) to be turned in within one week of the Moot Court hearing

 

 

·         Preparation for Class:  10%

 

Course Program:

Week 1 (February 25): course introduction

·         European Court of Human Rights

·         Margin of appreciation

·         Balancing free expression and religion

Week 2 (March 3): Balance between freedom of expression and respect for religious beliefs

·         E.S. v. Austria (calling Muhammad a paedophile)

·         Sekmadienis Ltd. v. Lithuania (religious symbols in advertising)

·         Otto Preminger Institut v. Austria (offensive film)

Week 3 (March 10): Wearing religious symbols in public places

·         S.A.S. v. France  (French face concealment ban)

Week 4 (March 17): Teachers wearing religious symbols in schools

·         Dahlab v. Switzerland  (primary school teacher wearing headscarf)

·         Kurtulumus v. Turkey  (university teacher wearing headscarf)

·         German Constitutional Court case BvR 471/10 (ban on state school teachers wearing headscarves)

Week 5 (March 24): follow-up discussion of S.A.S. v. France and Dahlab v. Switzerland

Week 6 (March 31): Rights of parents in schools, including exemptions 

·         Lautsi v. Italy  (crucifix in classrooms)

·         Osmanoglu and Kocabas v. Switzerland  (exemption from mixed gender swimming lessons)

Week 7 (April 7):  first assessed Moot Court exercise

Week 8 (April 21):Additional cases concerning rights of parents and children

·         Folgero and Others v. Norway  (exemption from religious instruction)

·         male circumcision case in Germany

Week 9 (April 28): Religion at work, and requirements for citizenship

·         religion and the workplace (Eweida and Others v. UK, Ebrahimian v. France)

·         citizenship handshake case

Week 10 (May 5):  second assessed Moot Court exercise

   
 
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