In-between the Constitution and the European Court of Human Rights: Mobilizations Around Religion and Education in Greece

This paper examines the impact of European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) decisions on the field of religion and education in Greece around the issues of the content and objectives of religious education, the exemption thereof, and religious symbols in school. The findings indicate that despite the r...

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Published in:Politics and religion
Main Author: Markoviti, Margarita
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: Cambridge Univ. Press [2019]
In:Politics and religion
Year: 2019, Volume: 12, Issue: 1, Pages: 31-54
Standardized Subjects / Keyword chains:B Greece / Constitution / Religion / School / Religious education / Europäischer Gerichtshof für Menschenrechte
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Summary:This paper examines the impact of European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) decisions on the field of religion and education in Greece around the issues of the content and objectives of religious education, the exemption thereof, and religious symbols in school. The findings indicate that despite the relevance of ECtHR case law with the specific field in Greece, the Court's role in influencing such national debates is minimal.Drawing on empirical research and discourse analysis, the paper argues that this is due to the doctrine of the margin of appreciation, apparently linked to strategic references to and varying interpretations of the Court's judgments; the unwillingness of actors to litigate in a potentially sensitive, lengthy, and costly procedure; and to a shared belief in the perceived primacy of constitutional provisions on religion and education that precludes the formation of structured mobilizations.
ISSN:1755-0491
Contains:Enthalten in: Politics and religion
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1017/S1755048318000020