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Religion and Law in Austria

Religion and Law in Austria

By Richard Potz, Brigitte Schinkele


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Derived from the renowned multi-volume International Encyclopaedia of Laws, this convenient resource provides systematic information on how Austria deals with the role religion plays or can play in society, the legal status of religious communities and institutions, and the legal interaction among religion, culture, education, and media.

After a general introduction describing the social and historical background, the book goes on to explain the legal framework in which religion is approached. Coverage proceeds from the principle of religious freedom through the rights and contractual obligations of religious communities; international, transnational, and regional law effects; and the legal parameters affecting the influence of religion in politics and public life. Also covered are legal positions on religion in such specific fields as church financing, labour and employment, and matrimonial and family law. A clear and comprehensive overview of relevant legislation and legal doctrine make the book an invaluable reference source and very useful guide.

Succinct and practical, this book will prove to be of great value to practitioners in the myriad instances where a law-related religious interest arises in Austria. Academics and researchers will appreciate its value as a thorough but concise treatment of the legal aspects of diversity and multiculturalism in which religion plays such an important part.

Pages 304
Publish Date 03/02/2016
Publish Frequency Annually
Product Line Kluwer Law International
ISBN 9789041167637
SKU 10058472-0001
Table of Contents

The Authors

List of Abbreviation


General Introduction

Part I. Legal Framework and Sources

Chapter 1. The Constitutional Position of Religion

Chapter 2. Other Legislation with Regard to Religion

Chapter 3. Typology of the System

Part II. Religious Freedom in General

Chapter 1. Individual, Collective and Corporate Spheres of Religious Freedom

Chapter 2. Individual Religious Freedom

Chapter 3. Collective Religious Freedom

Chapter 4. Organizational Religious Freedom

Chapter 5. Religious Freedom and Equality

Chapter 6. Limitations to Freedom of Religion or Belief

Part III. Legal Status of Religious Communities

Chapter 1. Formal Status of Religious Communities

Chapter 2. Autonomy of Religious Communities

Chapter 3. Fundamental Rights and Religious Communities

Chapter 4. Corporative Religious Freedom and Special Laws for Individual Churches and Religious Societies

Part IV. International, Supranational, Transnational and Regional Effects on Religious Communities

Chapter 1. International Law Effects on Religious Communities

Chapter 2. Effects of European Law on Religious Communities

Chapter 3. Effects of Transnational Law on Religious Communities

Chapter 4. Regional Law Effects on Religious Communities

Part V. Religion and Politics

Chapter 1. Religious Influence in Politics

Chapter 2. Political Influence in Religions

Chapter 3. Interaction between Religions and State on a Political and Legal Level

Part VI. Labour Law within Religious Communities

Chapter 1. Scope of Application of Labour Law

Chapter 2. Individual Labour Law

Chapter 3. Collective Labour Law

Chapter 4. The National Insurance System

Part VII. Religious Communities and Protection of the Individual

Chapter 1. Protection of Privacy

Chapter 2. Freedom to Marry

Chapter 3. Freedom of Expression

Chapter 4. Due Process Norms and Religious Groups

Chapter 5. Professional Secrecy

Chapter 6. Medical Deontology

Chapter 7. Non-discrimination

Chapter 8. Penal Law and Religion

Part VIII. Church Financing

Chapter 1. Direct Financing of Religious Communities

Chapter 2. Indirect Financing of Religious Communities

Part IX. Education

Chapter 1. General Principles of Public Education

Chapter 2. Religious Education in Kindergartens

Chapter 3. Religious Education in Public and Private Schools

Chapter 4. Special Issues

Chapter 5. Denominational Private Schools

Chapter 6. Religious Holidays

Chapter 7. Pedagogical and Religious-Pedagogical Colleges of Higher Education

Chapter 8. Theological Faculties and Religious Universities

Part X. Matrimonial and Family Law

Chapter 1. Legal Position of Religious Marriage

Chapter 2. Legal Position of Religious Family Law

Part XI. Religion and Culture

Chapter 1. Religion and Art

Chapter 2. Religion and the Media

Part XII. Religious Assistance in Public Institutions

Chapter 1. General Principles

Chapter 2. Different Forms of Categorical Pastoral Care

Part XIII. Religions in the Social Field

Chapter 1. Basic Principles and Activities

Chapter 2. Kindergartens

Part XIV. Protection of Sundays and Religious Holidays

Chapter 1. General Remarks

Chapter 2. Protection of Religious Holidays

Chapter 3. Free Time off Work for Fulfilling Religious Duties

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