Readership: Legal academics interested in European law, law and religion, constitutional law, and comparative law; sociologists, political theorists, and academics in religious studies; students studying law and religion courses; lobbying organisations and EU institutions.
Ronan McCrea, Lecturer in Law, University of Reading
Ronan McCrea was educated at Trinity College Dublin (LL.B.) and the London School of Economics (M.Sc., Ph.D.). He joined the School of Law at Reading University as a lecturer in 2009 from the chambers of Advocate General Poiares Maduro at the European Court of Justice where he worked as référendaire. He was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2003 and completed pupillage at Matrix Chambers in London. He is also a former Legal Officer of the Refugee Legal Centre and a former voluntary associate counsel at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU.
"McCrea's book will become a must-read in the field of law and religion. It is the first sustained treatment of the relationship of law and religion within the European Union, is written cogently and is very engaging." - Joel Harrison, Journal of Church and State
"This book is truly the first publication of its kind . . . McCrea sets out to analyse the complex web of history, law and policy that defines the relationship between the European Union and religion, thus filling several large gaps in the pre-existing literature. He achieves this quest with clarity, not least thanks to the careful choice of the elements of culture, identity and autonomy as recurrent themes connecting the ideas presented throughout the chapters . . .
Undoubtedly this book provides vital reference points for questions likely to be posed before the EU's institutions in the future...a book that is highly relevant to those researching, teaching and working in the field of religion, EU law and politics"" - Journal of Common Market Studies
"This book makes a valuable and timely contribution to the debate on one of the most controversial areas of public life." - Cherie Blair
"...organised logically and written coherently. McRae's examination of the relationship between religion and the EU public order os conducted in a perceptive, resourceful and proficient manner. Indeed, he combines an otherwise byzantine maze of intertwining principles, relations and sources into a skilfully lucid
account." - The Modern Law Review
"Most certainly, an enjoyable and informative read, and a valuable addition to the series." - Julian Rivers, University of Bristol
2: Europe's Religious Inheritance: Religion, Law and Identity in Contemporary Europe
3: Balance, Inheritance and Religion as a Basis of Law in the Public Order of the European Union
4: Religion as Identity and the Fundamental Rights Obligations of the Union
5: The Regulation of Religion in the Single Market
6: Competing Identities Limiting Religious Influence within the Public Order of the Union
Cherie Blair speaks at the launch of Religion and the Public Order of the European Union Mention in The Evening Standard