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Title: A general legal right to conscientious exemption : beyond religious privilege
Author: Adenitire, John
ISNI:       0000 0004 7961 9673
Awarding Body: University of Cambridge
Current Institution: University of Cambridge
Date of Award: 2019
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The thesis shows that there is a general legal right to exemption for conscientious objectors in the US, Canada and UK. It shows that it is a limited right: exemptions may be lawfully denied to protect the rights of others or important public interests. The thesis then investigates whether such a legal right is exclusively reserved for religious believers. The thesis shows that it is not: it is available to those that object on the basis of conscience, irrespective of whether their conscience is motivated by religious or non-religious beliefs. The thesis concludes by defending the existence of this general right by appealing to liberal values.
Supervisor: Feldman, David Sponsor: AHRC
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: conscience ; religion ; human right ; discrimination ; conscientious objection ; conscientious exemption ; law