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The Phases and Functions of Freedom of Conscience

25 Pages Posted: 26 May 2010  

Steven Douglas Smith

University of San Diego School of Law

Date Written: May 25, 2010

Abstract

This short essay, written for a book collecting papers on religion and human rights, surveys the development of constitutional and international commitments to freedom of conscience and examines some of the difficulties associated with freedom of conscience in a secular and egalitarian political setting.

Keywords: constitutional law, international law, human rights, religion, freedom of conscience

JEL Classification: K10, K39

Suggested Citation

Smith, Steven Douglas, The Phases and Functions of Freedom of Conscience (May 25, 2010). San Diego Legal Studies Paper No. 10-024. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1615625 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1615625

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