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Volume 42, Issue 3

Is the Court of Justice of the European Union Finding its Religion?

We had the privilege of knowing Roger Goebel for over thirty years and meeting him regularly in New York, Brussels, and elsewhere in Europe. We never failed to be struck by his truly encyclopedic knowledge of EU law, which must be virtually unique outside the European Union (“EU”) itself and extremely rare within it. Having discussed a wide range of EU legal issues with him almost every summer for over thirty years, we feel sure that the subject of this contribution would have been of particular interest to him.

The purpose of this Article is to discuss the recent case law of the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) on religion. Religion is mentioned in a number of instruments in the EU legal order but until relatively recently none of these have been the subject of case-law. In the last couple of years there have been a number of interpretative judgments of the CJEU which have imbued these provisions with a degree of precision which has clarified their scope, resulting in a more easily identifiable and enforceable body of rights.

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Recommended Citation:
Philippa Watson and Peter Oliver, Is the Court of Justice of the European Union Finding its Religion?, 42 Fordham Int'l L.J. 847 (2019). 
Available at: https://ir.lawnet.fordham.edu/ilj/vol42/iss3/4