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The European Court of Human Rights in National Struggles around Religion and Education

  • Dia Anagnostou (a1) and Liviu Andreescu (a2)

This paper analyzes comparatively the indirect effects of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) judgments related to religion and education in four countries: Greece, Italy, Romania, and Turkey. It examines whether and how ECtHR jurisprudence on religion and education influences the views and the strategies deployed by various categories of actors. Do religious, secularist, minority, and other actors invoke these judgments and their normative principles in their discourse and mobilization strategies to promote religious pluralism or conversely religious values, in education? How are the norms that are enunciated in these judgments perceived by a diverse array of nationally situated actors who mobilize in this domain?

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Address correspondence and reprint requests to: Dia Anagnostou, Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy, Greece. E-mail:
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This research has received funding from the European Research Council under the EU's Seventh Framework Program/ERC grant agreement Number 338463 for the GRASSROOTSMOBILISE Research Program.

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Politics and Religion
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