Protection Thicket by William L. Saunders

Protection Thicket

Freedom of Religion: UN and European Human Rights Law and Practice
by Paul M. Taylor
Cambridge University Press, 2006
(436 pages, $51.00, paperback)

reviewed by William L. Saunders, Jr.

That is the immodest title of a thorough but limited treatment of the subject by Paul Taylor, a London barrister (that is, a lawyer who goes to court). The limit is expressed in the subtitle, that is, the book focuses on human rights practice in the UN and European systems. The book is not a philosophical or theological reflection upon the subject of religious freedom; rather, it is a highly technical and very thorough examination of the law of religious freedom as it has developed in the UN and European Union. As such, it is not likely to be of interest to general Touchstone readers, though for those, such as myself, who are human rights attorneys, it is a treasure trove.

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William L. Saunders is Senior Vice President and Senior Counsel at Americans United for Life.

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