Religious Freedom and the Undoing of the Westphalian State

1 Pages Posted: 12 Jun 2009

Date Written: 2004

Abstract

Today we live in a period of flux between a system of sovereign states and institutions that would circumscribe state sovereignty, much like the period of early modern Europe. Both then and today, religion is one of the chief forces that is challenging sovereignty. In this atmosphere, religious freedom becomes a difficult and contested issue -- but nevertheless a value worth upholding, the article argues.

Keywords: religion, sovereignty, Westphalia, religion and politics, human rights, religious freedom

Suggested Citation

Philpott, Daniel, Religious Freedom and the Undoing of the Westphalian State (2004). Michigan Journal of International Law, Vol. 25, 2003-2004. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1417037

Daniel Philpott (Contact Author)

University of Notre Dame ( email )

361 Mendoza College of Business
Notre Dame, IN 46556-5646
United States

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