Constitutionalism and Religion in common law North America | Dia Dabby & Jean-François Gaudreault-DesBiens

Dia Dabby & Jean-François Gaudreault-DesBiens, “Constitutionalism and Religion in common law North America” dans Susanna Mancini (dir.), Constitutions and Religion (Cheltenham, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2020), 111-138.

Résumé: “This chapter examines constitutionalism and religion in common law North America, namely, Canada and the United States. While both countries share the broad contours of constitutional protection of religion, each country’s historical trajectory has shaped it irrevocably in its own mold. This chapter suggests that transversal frameworks do permeate both Canada and the United States, such as Indigenous spiritualities and reasonable accommodation: they indicate both tensions on the form and function of the legal protections of religion and a deep imbalance between the migration of constitutional concepts. This chapter analyzes particular sites of divergence or convergence between these two countries to illuminate the interplay of constitutionalism and religion through religious prayers in public institutions, marriage and end-of-life decisions.”

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