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Book Review

Law And Religion
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The intersection of law and religion is a growing area of study for academics working in both subject areas. This book draws together research on several collisions between the two arenas, including a study of religious clauses in the US constitution and the interplay between religion and law in Canada, Australia and South Africa. With an emphasis on common law traditions, this book will be essential reading for researchers and advanced students of law and religion.

Details of Book:
Book: Law And Religion
Author: Rosalind Atherton, Denise Meyerson, Peter Radan
ISBN: 0415343534
ISBN-13: 9780415343534, 978-0415343534
Binding: Hardcover
Publishing Date: Jan 2005
Publisher: Routledge
Number of Pages: 344
Language: English

Rosalind F. Atherton is Professor and Dean of Law at Macquarie University, Australia.
Denise Meyerson is Professor of Law at Macquarie University, Australia.
Peter Radan is Senior Lecturer in Law at Macquarie University, Australia.


OUTLINED IN THE LAW REPORT Tuesday, March 16, 1999

Last year, Dayne Childs died in England, aged 26, but eight months later, Dayne has still not been buried. That's because his Aboriginal birth mother and his English adoptive family are embroiled in a legal dispute in England's High Court over where and how Dayne should be laid to rest.

According to Associate Professor Rosalind Atherton, of the University of New South Wales, disputes over bodies are more common than you might think, and the law has evolved to cope with them.

Rosalind Atherton: The real rule goes back to the early 17th century and a string of cases really that arose out of the awful trade of what Charles Dickens described as 'The Resurrectionists', those rogues who would go and steal fresh corpses in order to supply the early medical schools for anatomy. And out of those cases came a proposition that no-one can own a dead body. And even to the point that the deceased person can't control what happens to their own body, and out of that came this response, 'Well someone has to', and the law developed a number of responses to say, 'Well, certain people have a duty to bury, or to dispose of the body, and others in particular have a pre-eminent right, namely the Executor, the deceased's chosen person, has got a special right.'


Australasian Law Reform Agencies Conference (ALRAC)

The 2008 ALRAC Conference was organised by the University of the South Pacific - School of Law. It was held in Port Vila, Vanuatu from 10 - 12 September, 2008.

That Law Reform Bodies are the Best Vehicles for Law Reform Affirmative - Ian Davis, Queensland Law Reform Commission & Rosalind Croucher, Australian Law Reform Commission

Negative - Simon Rice, Australian National University, College of Law & Robin Banks, Public Interest Advocacy Centre

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