Hilal-Harvald publishes in Heidelberg Journal of International Law – University of Copenhagen

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10 April 2019

Hilal-Harvald publishes in Heidelberg Journal of International Law

The objective of the article is to illuminate the migratory dynamics that have led France, Belgium, Austria, the Netherlands, and Denmark to adopt the same legal strategy towards the perceived dangers of the Islamic face veil. By applying the metaphor of migration of constitutional ideas to the legislative histories of the five case studies as well as the links between them, the article demonstrates how the idea of banning face veils cannot be traced back to a single jurisdiction or legal tradition. Rather it has emerged through a vivid cross-jurisdictional and multilocal political and legal discourse. This in turn may explain why the idea of banning face veils could migrate rapidly as soon as it found a legally viable justification, namely the principle of “living together”.

The article is available in Heidelberg Journal of International Law 2019 Vol 79, No 1, p. 121.