A PUBLICATION ON BUSINESS AND RELIGION BY OUR PHD CANDIDATE MATTEO CORSALINI
The article contributes to the FBK-ISR’s Mission and, in particular, the research-action dimension of ‘the religion of innovation’. It considers how the doctrine of ‘limited liability’ – what was the most significant innovation under corporate law – has conferred not only legal personality upon the for-profit corporation, but also discretionary powers similar to those of churches in the way they organise their internal affairs.
Besides, the judicial extension of conscience exemptions for churches from anti-discrimination laws to a secular-for profit corporation at the CJEU-level further suggests that for-profit bodies have become new ‘religious’ players in the EU Single Market. Based on these findings, the author concludes by exploring how a ‘freedom of the church’ analysis of employer/employees disputes might offer a more sophisticated balancing of their countervailing interests.
The article was presented in occasion of the online PhD workshop organised by the Law and Religion Scholars Network (LARSN) at Oxford Brookes University – School of Law on the 22 of April 2020.
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