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Doing minority justice through procedural fairness: face veil bans in Europe

Saïla Ouald Chaib (UGent) and Eva Brems (UGent)
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Abstract
The French and Belgian bans on face veils in public places have been subjected to strong substantive human rights critiques. This article takes a complementary approach, examining the bans from the perspective of procedural fairness. Indeed, the French and Belgian bans are extreme examples of legislative processes taking place above the heads of the people concerned, neglecting the ban’s possible human rights impact. After exploring what the social psychology notion of procedural fairness entails for the judiciary and the legislator, especially in a multicultural context, this article details procedural fairness shortcomings with respect to the face veil ban in France and Belgium. Subsequently, the article sets out how the European Court of Human Rights might compensate for these shortcomings.
Keywords
procedural justice, freedom of religion, face veil bans, human rights, European Court of Human Rights

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Ouald Chaib, Saïla, and Eva Brems. 2013. “Doing Minority Justice Through Procedural Fairness: Face Veil Bans in Europe.” Ed. Samim Akgönül, Jørgen S. Nielsen, Ahmet Alibašić, Brigitte Maréchal, Egdūnas Račius, and Thijl Sunier . Journal of Muslims in Europe 2: 1–26.
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Ouald Chaib, Saïla, & Brems, E. (2013). Doing minority justice through procedural fairness: face veil bans in Europe. (S. Akgönül, J. S. Nielsen, A. Alibašić, B. Maréchal, E. Račius, & T. Sunier , Eds.)JOURNAL OF MUSLIMS IN EUROPE, 2, 1–26.
Vancouver
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Ouald Chaib S, Brems E. Doing minority justice through procedural fairness: face veil bans in Europe. Akgönül S, Nielsen JS, Alibašić A, Maréchal B, Račius E, Sunier T, editors. JOURNAL OF MUSLIMS IN EUROPE. 2013;2:1–26.
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Ouald Chaib, Saïla, and Eva Brems. “Doing Minority Justice Through Procedural Fairness: Face Veil Bans in Europe.” Ed. Samim Akgönül et al. JOURNAL OF MUSLIMS IN EUROPE 2 (2013): 1–26. Print.
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  abstract     = {The French and Belgian bans on face veils in public places have been subjected to strong substantive human rights critiques. This article takes a complementary approach, examining the bans from the perspective of procedural fairness. Indeed, the French and Belgian bans are extreme examples of legislative processes taking place above the heads of the people concerned, neglecting the ban{\textquoteright}s possible human rights impact. After exploring what the social psychology notion of procedural fairness entails for the judiciary and the legislator, especially in a multicultural context, this article details procedural fairness shortcomings with respect to the face veil ban in France and Belgium. Subsequently, the article sets out how the European Court of Human Rights might compensate for these shortcomings.},
  author       = {Ouald Chaib, Sa{\"i}la and Brems, Eva},
  editor       = {Akg{\"o}n{\"u}l, Samim  and Nielsen, J{\o}rgen S.  and Aliba\v{s}i\'{c}, Ahmet  and Mar{\'e}chal, Brigitte  and Ra\v{c}ius, Egd\={u}nas  and Sunier , Thijl },
  issn         = {2211-792X},
  journal      = {JOURNAL OF MUSLIMS IN EUROPE},
  keyword      = {procedural justice,freedom of religion,face veil bans,human rights,European Court of Human Rights},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {1--26},
  title        = {Doing minority justice through procedural fairness: face veil bans in Europe},
  volume       = {2},
  year         = {2013},
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