Volume 2 of Australian Journal of Law and Religion available

The second issue of the Australian Journal of Law and Religion is now available online here. There are a number of important issues covered. The Table of Contents gives an idea:

 Editorial i 


May Australian States Impose Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Non-Discrimination Obligations on Religious Schools? A Rejoinder to Foster Nicholas Butler

Reconciling Freedom and Equality for Peaceful Coexistence: On the Need to Reframe the Religious Exemptions in the Sex Discrimination Act Alex Deagon 20 

The Position of Religious Schools Under International Human Rights Law Mark Fowler 36 

Legislating Gender Prejudice: Religion and the Overturning of Roe v Wade Rena MacLeod 56 

Conversion Practices Legislation in Victoria – A Potential Crisis for Church Authority? Rhett Martin 70 

Statements of Belief as Political Communication Timothy Nugent 81 

Book Reviews 

Law and Religion in the Commonwealth: The Evolution of Case Law edited by Renae Barker, Paul T. Babie, and Neil Foster Barry W. Bussey 90 

The Transgender Issue: An Argument for Justice by Shon Faye Jeremy Patrick 93 

Special Topic Forum: Religious Freedom, Sexuality, and Gender Identity 

Cherry Picking Human Rights Nicholas Aroney 95 

What Does Gender Identity Mean in the Sex Discrimination Act 1984Patrick Byrne 101 

The Politics of Indonesia’s New Criminal Code Robert W. Hefner 104 

Of course each reader will have their own specific areas of interest. I was obviously very interested to see that one of the articles is a rejoinder to an article I had published in volume 1, dealing with the impact of differing discrimination laws applying to faith based schools (and other institutions) in Commonwealth and State laws (see Butler, from p 1.) Readers will have to make up their own minds as to whether Mr Butler’s critique of my position is valid or not. I was also pleased to see an encouraging review of the edited volume Law and Religion in the Commonwealth , of which I was a co-editor (see Bussey, from p 90).

I look forward to reading the other articles in due course! I very much commend the editors for their decision to make all the articles freely available for download.