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Silvia Angeletti
  • Silvia Angeletti - Didattica Ufficiale
  • 54 ore - Didattica Ufficiale - Silvia Angeletti
Course Regulation
Coorte 2017
Learning activities
Type of study-unit
Opzionale (Optional)
Type of learning activities
Attività formativa monodisciplinare
Language of instruction
English will be the language of the course and the final exam.
Multiple interactions between Law and Religion: introductory remarks. International legal protection of freedom of religion or belief in the UN system. Religion and religious associations in European law: UE and CoE. ECtHR case law on freedom of religion or belief. Law and religion in Italy: legal overview and comparison with other European countries. Freedom of religion or belief and human rights: national, international and European case law.
Reference texts
A. Scolnicov, The Right to Religious Freedom in International Law: Between Group Rights and Individual Rights, M. Nijhoff, 2012 (pp. 9–19)- N. Doe, Law and Religion in Europe. A Comparative Introduction, OUP, 2011 (pp. 14–39; 237– 258)- M. Ventura, Religion and Law in Italy, Wolters Kluwer, 2013, (pp. 32 – 51; 53 – 59; 63 – 70). Further bibliographic references will be suggested during classes. Students not attending classes are required to contact professor Angeletti (silvia.angeletti@unipg.it) to fix a suitable program.
Educational objectives
Basic knowledge on international and European legal standards of protection of freedom of religion or belief. Basic knowledge on the variety of national legal systems regarding religion in European countries, with a particular focus on the Italian system. Understanding of the current debatable issues around freedom of religion or belief and human rights, through discussion of case-law and doctrinal arguments. Developing the ability to set legal questions about religion in the appropriate legal and historical framework, evaluating current trends and controversial issues. Developing skills in legal argumentation and solution finding.
To students currently attending the LM01 curriculum the usual preconditions apply (to have successfully passed the exams of Private Law and Constitutional Law). No other mandatory prerequisites are required. In order to actively attend classes and give the oral examination, a basic knowledge of English is strongly recommended.
Teaching methods
The course will be divided into three parts. Lessons will be scheduled six hours per week and will be organized as such: lectures on all the relevant topics and discussion in class. PowerPoint presentations in English will be used, in order to facilitate comprehension and note taking on sources and citations. Material will be given or collected by students (reference of cases, journal articles, newspaper columns) to allow to take part in collective discussion and solution-finding in controversial cases. Further details will be given during the first lesson.
Other information
For any further information, please contact: silvia.angeletti@unipg.it
Learning verification modality
The aim of the exam is to assess candidates’ degree of knowledge, understanding and skills on the subjects indicated under the heading “obiettivi formativi”. For students attending classes on a regular basis, the oral exam will be the presentation of a paper, which must be given some days before the exam and must be written in English. The subject of the paper will be chosen by each student among the ones covered by classes and will be previously accepted by the professor. For students not attending classes, the oral exam will be a discussion on all the relevant topics dealt with in a book among the selected bibliography (see under the heading: “testi di riferimento”). The exam will be conducted through questions and answers and it will last approximately 15-20 minutes (depending on the competence of the candidate). Candidates who should be interested in specific topics can contact the professor for further bibliographic references.
Extended program
International protection of FoRB (UN system: legal standards, soft-law, HRCee case-law, recent trends). Regional protection at the EU level: European Union and religion. Art. 17 UTF and relevant directives. FoRB before the Strasbourg Court: analysis of Article 9 ECHR and its application in the ECtHR case law. Introduction to the Italian history of relations between Church and State. Constitutional provisions on religion law; bilateral and national sources of law. Controversial issues about Islamic communities in Italy. Freedom of religion or belief and human rights: recent trends and tensions (e.g.: freedom of expression; religious symbols; spiritual assistance, new religious movements; religious autonomy).
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