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From Local to Global and Back Again: Religious Freedom and Women’s Rights

Dr Carolyn Evans is Associate Professor of Law and Deputy Director of the Centre for Comparative Constitutional Studies at the University of Melbourne. She teaches in public law subjects including constitutional, administrative and international law. Carolyn completed her doctorate at Oxford University on ‘Religious Freedom Under the European Convention on Human Rights’ and continues to conduct research on religion and law issues, and on the relationship between international and domestic law. She has presented her research on religious freedom issues in the United Kingdom, United States, Russia and the Peoples’ Republic of China. In collaboration with Dr Simon Evans, she is currently engaged in an Australian Research Council funded discovery project on Parliaments and the Protection of Human Rights.
Ms Jessica Moir is an Articled Clerk at Allens Arthur Robinson.
Ms Anna Hood is a Research Assistant at the Centre for Comparative Constitutional Studies, University of Melbourne.
 

Liberalism colours the Western vision of globalisation which is projected onto international law. However, the liberal world view of equality as the absence of discrimination on the grounds of sex and religion is obscured by the perspective of the world religions, which view men and women as unequal. Contradictorily, Australia, like many countries that consider themselves liberal, guarantees religious freedom and the equality of women but allows religious groups to discriminate on the grounds of sex. Hence, we need to find places where the diversity of feminist and religious voices have a space to speak and a space to listen to one another.

 (2007) 25 No 1  Law in Context 112-130

   
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