n International Journal for Religious Freedom - The Lautsi Papers: Multidisciplinary reflections on religious symbols in the public school classroom, Jeroen Temperman (Ed.) : book review

Volume 6, Issue 1_2
  • ISSN : 2070-5484



In 2009 the Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) in the case of Lautsi v. Italy ruled that the compulsory display of a crucifix in the classrooms of Italian public schools violated the children's right to believe or not to believe, and the right of parents to educate their children in accordance with their own religious beliefs. However, the Grand Chamber overruled the Chamber's judgment and held that there was not adequate evidence before the Court proving that the display of a crucifix on a classroom wall might have an adverse effect on pupils; and that, in the final analysis, perpetuating such a majority tradition falls within the margin of appreciation of the state.

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