Religion in the Public Sphere: A Comparative Analysis of German, Israeli, American and International Law

  • Winfried Brugger
  • Michael Karayanni

Part of the Beiträge zum ausländischen öffentlichen Recht und Völkerrecht book series (BEITRÄGE, volume 190)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVI
  2. A Socio-Historical Perspective

  3. Models of Church-State Relations and Their Impact on Freedom of Religion

  4. German, Comparative and International Law Perspectives

  5. Perspectives from Israeli Law

  6. The American Point of View

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 463-469

About these proceedings


How closely correlated should church and state be? May a state recognize or dignify the role and meaning of religion at all, and if so can it treat different religious groups differently? This book intends to answer these questions through a portrayal and comparison of various legal orders including those of Germany, Israel, France and the USA.

Some authors consider the issue of “church and state” from an international law perspective. The analyses are structured from both a state-institutional as well as from a fundamental rights and human rights perspective. Here the religious and secular freedoms are brought into focus. Whether, and how, these church-and-state aspects vary within divergent modern state contexts – and how they transnationally evolve – is also discussed.


Church-State relations Religion USA freedom of religion legal order religious symbols state neutrality transformation

Editors and affiliations

  • Winfried Brugger
    • 1
  • Michael Karayanni
    • 2
  1. 1.Philosophy of Law and Theory of the StateHeidelberg UniversityHeidelberg
  2. 2.Faculty of LawThe Hebrew University in JerusalemJerusalem

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Max-Planck-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Wissenschaften e.V., to be exercised by Max-Planck-Institut für ausländisches öffentliches Recht und Völkerrecht, Heidelberg 2007
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-73355-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-73357-7
  • Series Print ISSN 0172-4770
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