Sunday, 8 April 2012

Court attendance and religious obligations

This week, in a 4-3 judgment, the Court ruled against a violation of the freedom of religion of Mr. Sessa, a lawyer and member of the Jewish faith, unable to attend a court hearing scheduled on Yom Kippur. The case is Francesco Sessa v. Italy. After two recent steps forward in freedom of religion cases the Court with this case takes several steps back. Fortunately, the dissenting opinion leaves the door open for future reasonable accommodation cases.

See rest of comment from Strasbourg Observers: http://strasbourgobservers.com/2012/04/05/francesco-sessa-v-italy-a-dilemma-majority-religion-members-will-probably-not-face/

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