Here Tariq Modood introduces the Zutshi-Smith Symposium on The Commission on Religion and Belief in British Public Life and the papers collected in this theme.
David Perfect and Kathleen Jameson describe and EHRC project that focussed on evaluating the law on religion and belief in employment and service provision.
Frank Cranmer discusses the difficulty in deciding issues of ‘reasonable accommodation’ and discrimination of religion in employment.
Silvio Ferrari argues that a ‘weak pluralism’ is the best way of incorporating religious diversity into European legal traditions.
Chara Bakalis: the Racial and Religious Hatred Act that came into force in 2006 is not just narrowly focused, and little implemented, it is not well designed to address forms of online hate speech that incite hatred towards religion or religious groups.
NASAR MEER ET AL: With discrimination law having undergone major changes over the last decade, New possibilities have emerged to recognise the complex interaction between inequalities. Yet recently, rather than addressing multiple layers of discrimination, a risk has surfaced that we could roll backwards.
DAVID PERFECT on the work of the Equality and Human Rights Commission
LUCY VICKERS: In public discussions about faith schools, the focus often falls on the admission of pupils. Yet discrimination against teachers on the basis of faith or belief is just as significant, especially because schools are treated in English law differently to other organisations with a faith ethos.
MALEIHA MALIK: Applying ‘cultural voluntarism’ to find the right balance between equality and religious diversity
PRAKASH SHAH: Why did legislation against caste discrimination come to be passed in 2013 even though a serious case for it had not been established? Drawing on parliamentary debates, this short article explains the push to legislate without due consideration by reference to the persistence of Orientalism in British culture and its linked notions of the corruption of Indian culture and society.