The Impact of State-Enforced Personal Status Laws on Human Rights (Chapter 3 in Human Rights Under State-Enforced Religious Family Laws in Israel, Egypt and India)

Sezgin, Yuksel (2013). Human Rights under State-Enforced Religious Family Laws in Israel, Egypt and India, Cambridge University Press, 9781107041400

19 Pages Posted: 11 Oct 2013

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Yuksel Sezgin

Syracuse University - Department of Political Science

Date Written: October 10, 2013

Abstract

About one-third of the world's population currently lives under pluri-legal systems where governments hold individuals subject to the purview of ethno-religious rather than national norms in respect to family law. How does the state-enforcement of these religious family laws impact fundamental rights and liberties? What resistance strategies do people employ in order to overcome the disabilities and limitations these religious laws impose upon their rights? Based on archival research, court observations and interviews with individuals from three countries, YĆ¼ksel Sezgin shows that governments have often intervened in order to impress a particular image of subjectivity upon a society, while people have constantly challenged the interpretive monopoly of courts and state-sanctioned religious institutions, re-negotiated their rights and duties under the law, and changed the system from within. He also identifies key lessons and best practices for the integration of universal human rights principles into religious legal systems.

Keywords: Human Rights, Family law, Islamic law, shari'a, Hindu law, Jewish law, women's rights

Suggested Citation

Sezgin, Yuksel, The Impact of State-Enforced Personal Status Laws on Human Rights (Chapter 3 in Human Rights Under State-Enforced Religious Family Laws in Israel, Egypt and India) (October 10, 2013). Sezgin, Yuksel (2013). Human Rights under State-Enforced Religious Family Laws in Israel, Egypt and India, Cambridge University Press, 9781107041400, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2338593

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