Denomination or Domination? The Role of Religion in Schools in Ireland and France and its Impact on the Rights of the Child under International Law

Sarah Redmond


An analysis on the role played by religion in the education systems in two secular jurisdictions, France and Ireland. This article addresses the inequalities and rights violations suffered by children in these states under the Convention on the Rights of the Child, in particular by non-Catholic or unbaptised children in Ireland, and Muslim girls in France. Arguments drawn are grounded in republican theory and secularism.


international law; rights of the child; convention on the rights of the child; france; ireland; catholicism; islam; secularism; republicanism; migration; demographic shifts; children; education; schools; human rights

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