Religion and International Law

An Analytical Survey of the Relationship

Authored by: Mashood Baderin

Routledge Handbook of International Law

Print publication date:  December  2008
Online publication date:  January  2009

Print ISBN: 9780415418768
eBook ISBN: 9780203884621
Adobe ISBN: 9781134113095


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This chapter provides a general but contextualized and critical analytical survey of the relationship between religion and international law from four main perspectives: historical, theoretical, empirical and doctrinal. The historical perspective generally analyzes how religion has featured in the evolution of international law over time and its consequences for modern international law. The theoretical perspective analyzes the main theoretical viewpoints on whether or not religion ought to have any normative role in international law, while the empirical and doctrinal perspectives examine the practical and legal parameters of the relationship respectively.

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