Banning religious dress and symbols in public schools: implications for school policy makersInternational Journal of Law and Education (2010)
The banning of religious clothing and symbols in public schools is an ongoing and contentious issue in
education. This article examines the banning of religious clothing and symbols in public schools in light
of United Kingdom and European Court of Human Rights decisions involving both students and teachers.
The article addresses three key themes that emerge from the cases: (1) the right to religious freedom and
its limitations; (2) religious dress and the right not to be discriminated against; and (3) secularism as alegitimate basis to limit human rights. The final part of the article considers the position in the Australian
context and the scope of public secular schools in Australia to develop and implement religious-neutral
school uniform policies.
Citation InformationSquelch, J. (2010). Banning religious dress and symbols in public schools: implications for school policy makers. International Journal of Law and Education, 15(2), 7-27