By Professor Jill Marshall, School of Law
Professor Jill Marshall from the School of Law discusses that full face veil bans in all public places have no place in European liberal democracies.
In 2011 France made it a criminal offence to wear face coverings in any public places. Although neutrally worded, it is accepted that the bans are intended to stop a small minority of Muslim women wearing the full-face veil, including the burqa and niqab. In the midst of our Prime Minister calling for withdrawal from the European Convention on Human Rights, this summer its Court decided the French law did not violate the rights of a woman who wears the burqa and niqab in France. It interferes with her right to religious freedom of expression and to personality rights derived from a right to respect for one’s private life: but this is justified by the ‘rights and freedoms of others’, as the French government presented it, in an ideal of ‘living together’. Read More