Commerce in Religion

27 Pages Posted: 26 Aug 2009

Date Written: August 25, 2009


As this Symposium Article contends, religion increasingly overlaps with the commercial sphere, and courts are obligated to determine whether or not to adopt an entirely hands-off approach simply because the specter of religion lurks on the horizon. Whereas the jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights tends to accept its member states' separation of commercial elements out from the protections more generally accorded to religion, the U.S. Supreme Court has treated the two spheres as overlapping. To the extent that each court does consider religious transactions in terms of commercial relations, each also arrives at a very different conception of the connection between religious institutions and the current or potential religious believer. While the ECHR seems more concerned with protecting others against the incursion of possibly misleading or offensive religious representations, the Supreme Court appears to view religious value as generated through a complex interaction between religious entities and individual adherents.

Keywords: religion, commerce, comparative law

Suggested Citation

Meyler, Bernadette A., Commerce in Religion (August 25, 2009). Notre Dame Law Review, Vol. 84, No. 2, 2008, Cornell Legal Studies Research Paper No. 09-027, Available at SSRN:

Bernadette A. Meyler (Contact Author)

Stanford Law School ( email )

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Stanford, CA 94305-8610
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