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How Does the EU Interpret and Implement “Religious Freedom” as Part of the Enlargement System?

Trimmer, Michael Stuart (2015) How Does the EU Interpret and Implement “Religious Freedom” as Part of the Enlargement System? Master of Philosophy (MPhil) thesis, University of Kent,.

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Abstract

This Thesis aims to examine the understanding of religious freedom used by the European Union when it considers the human rights element of the membership criteria for countries entering into the enlargement process. Because religious freedom is a less clearly defined right than most, multiple conceptions of it are possible, and understanding which the EU uses is crucial to future questions of external relations as well as internal human rights policy and enforcement.

To gain the maximum possible data from the most appropriate sources, all countries that have been involved in the membership process since 1998 have been examined. This is the time when the EU’s membership processes were formalised. Also, countries that have become members have been examined alongside countries that are in various stages of applying, so as to give maximum range to the case studies involved.

The conclusion of this research is that the EU has a bottom-up, de jure, and negative (in Isiah Berlin’s terms) conception of religious freedom.

Item Type: Thesis (Master of Philosophy (MPhil))
Thesis advisor: Pabst, Adrian
Thesis advisor: Sakwa, Richard
Uncontrolled keywords: European Union Religious Freedom Enlargement
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
J Political Science > JN Political institutions and public administration (Europe)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Depositing User: Users 1 not found.
Date Deposited: 13 Apr 2015 10:01 UTC
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2019 04:06 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/47955 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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