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Treading on Sacred Grounds: Places of Worship, Local Planning and Religious Freedom in Australia


ISBN13: 9789004289338
Published: February 2015
Publisher: Brill Nijhoff
Country of Publication: The Netherlands
Format: Hardback
Price: £117.00



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In Treading on Sacred Grounds: Places of Worship, Local Planning and Religious Freedom in Australia, Noel Villaroman analyses the engagement of religious groups with local councils in Australia in their applications to build places of worship. Such applications often encounter opposition from local residents who are reluctant to share their neighbourhood or street with the newly arrived and less known ‘other.’

The local councils, being the planning authority that grants or refuses such applications, are caught in the middle of these disputes. Using the lens of international human rights law, the book probes the local councils’ actions and their repercussions to religious freedom. The book has concrete legal and social implications that it is bound to impact not only legal scholarship but also, crucially, policy makers.

Subjects:
Other Jurisdictions , Australia
Contents:
Abstract
Acknowledgements
Table of cases

PART I – LAYING THE FOUNDATION

CHAPTER 1 Introduction
1.1 Background
1.2 What is this book about?
1.3 Contextualising the book’s problématique
1.4 Places of worship, local planning and religious freedom
1.5 Local planning and its interface with religious freedom
1.6 International human rights law as a research paradigm
1.7 What are included in ‘places of worship’?
1.8 The structure of the book

PART II – DETERMINING THE APPLICABLE LAW

CHAPTER 2 Freedom of Religion or Belief in International Human Rights Law and the Provenance of the Right to Establish and Maintain Places of Worship
2.1 Introduction
2.2 The incremental development of the substance of the right to freedom of religion or belief
2.3 The limitations clauses: when manifestation of religion or belief may be validly restricted
2.4 The key principles underlying the international legal protection of religious freedom and how they relate with the right to establish and maintain places of worship
2.5 Conclusion

CHAPTER 3 The Right to Establish and Maintain Places of Worship: Unpacking the Substance of a Human Right
3.1 Introduction
3.2 International human rights standard-setting on the right to freedom of religion or belief
3.3 The substance of the right to establish and maintain places of worship
3.4 Conclusion

CHAPTER 4 International Standards on Religious Freedom: An Analysis of Their Existence and Applicability in Australia
4.1 Introduction
4.2 The inadequate legal protection of religious freedom in Australia
4.3 How international human rights standards on religious freedom are transported into Australian law and given domestic application
4.4 Conclusion

PART III – EVALUATING COMPLIANCE WITH THE LAW

CHAPTER 5 ‘Amen versus amenity’: The Protection of the Physical Amenity of an Area and its Impact on the Right to Establish and Maintain Places of Worship
5.1 Introduction
5.2 Distinguishing between ‘physical amenity’ and ‘visual amenity’ in local planning
5.3 Resolution of physical amenity issues and how it impinges on the right to freedom of religion or belief
5.4 Conclusion

CHAPTER 6 ‘Beauty is in the eye of the worshipper’: The Preservation of the Visual Amenity of an Area and its Impact on the Right to Establish and Maintain Places of Worship
6.1 Introduction
6.2 ‘Visual amenity’ and its subjective nature
6.3 Preservation of visual amenity and how it impinges on the right to establish and maintain places of worship
6.4 Conclusion

CHAPTER 7 ‘The devil is in the details’: Specific Design Controls on Places of Worship and State Encroachment on Religious Expression and Exercise
7.1 Introduction
7.2 The manifestation of religious beliefs in physical structures
7.3 The curtailment of religious expression and religious exercise through design controls on proposed places of worship
7.4 Conclusion

PART IV – IMPLICATIONS AND CONCLUSION

CHAPTER 8 A Balancing Exercise under International Human Rights Law: The Right to Establish and Maintain Places of Worship vis-à-vis Legitimate Planning Objectives
8.1 Introduction
8.2 Permissible limitations to the right to establish and maintain places of worship under Article 18(3) of the ICCPR
8.3 Legitimate planning objectives versus the right to establish and maintain places of worship
8.4 Conclusion

CHAPTER 9 Conclusion: The End of the Journey
9.1 Introduction
9.2 Summary of findings
9.3 Contribution to the body of knowledge
9.4 Wider significance of the study
9.5 Opportunities for further research
9.6 An epilogue

Bibliography
Index.