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Course Aims:

This podcast is aimed at public law practitioners looking for an update on cases on the right to manifest one’s belief and at all other practitioners with an interest in the area – particularly in employment and education law.

After completing the course you will:
  • Understand the definition the court has given to ‘belief’;
  • Understand what will and will not count as a belief for the court;
  • Understand the threshold for proving interference with the right to manifest one’s belief;
  • Received an update on the recent cases in the area.
Specialist Difficulty: 5 of 5
Case Update
Legislative Updates
Practical Guide
Sources and References:
  • European convention on Human Rights;
  • Religious and Racial Hatred Act 2006;
  • Equality Act 2006;
  • Race Relations Act 1976;
  • R (on the application of Williamson) v Secretary of State for Education and. Employment [2002] 1 FLR 493;
  • Arrowsmith v UK (1978) 3 EHRR 218 (Cm);
  • R (Playfoot) v. Governing Body of Millais School, [2007] EWHC (Admin) 1698;
  • Leyla Sahin v Turkey, Application No 44774/98 (Unreported, European Court of Human Rights, Grand Chamber, 10 November 2005);
  • Steadman v UK. (1997) 23 EHHR CD 168;
  • Copsey v WWB Devon Clays Ltd [ 2005] EWCA Civ 932;
  • R (Begum) v. Headteacher and Governors of Denbigh High School [2005] 2 All ER 396;
  • R (X) v Head teacher of Y School EWHC 298;
  • R (Surayanda) v Welsh Miners [2007] EWCA Civ 893A.

In this podcast we interview Wendy Outhwaite QC, a barrister at 1 Crown Office Row who specialises in public law and human rights. We ask her about the right to hold and manifest one’s religious beliefs and about the recent cases in this area. She explains the definition of ‘belief’ and the approach they have taken to deciding whether or not there has been an interference with belief. She gives us her insight into why the decisions have been changes and draws interesting comparisons between the cases in the area.

Podcast Added: 23/12/2008

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