SOMMARIO: 1. Premessa - 2. Il caso Casamitjana Costa v. The League Against Cruel Sports - 3. Il veganismo nella giurisprudenza italiana - 4. Pari dignità delle coscienze … - 5. (segue) e specificità del fenomeno confessionale - 6. Definire le convinzioni personali tra libertà del singolo e necessità di accertamento - 7. Spunti conclusivi.
Beyond religious pluralism. Veganism as an expression of freedom of conscience
ABSTRACT: A recent judgement of the Employment Tribunals and a following one of the Tribunal of Bologna recognized veganism as a belief worth of protection. The two judges went beyond the bounds of the religious sphere, exploring the horizon of cultural pluralism, which the Italian Republic, as a secular state, should guarantee. The sentences therefore represent a starting point for addressing the complex issue of the relationship between law and conscience, which recently acquired major importance. As a matter of fact, according to an authoritative doctrine, there is a tendency in all Western legal systems to leave moral or ethical matters to individual self-determination, in accordance with the personalist and pluralist principle. This contribution will then start from the examination of the sentences and then it will deal with some of the main problems concerning freedom of conscience and its protection.
SOMMARIO: 1. Cibo e religione (e mercato) - 2. L’evoluzione storica del rapporto tra cibo e religione - 3. Elementi utili per una definizione giuridica di macellazione rituale - 4. La questione dello stordimento - 5. La sentenza della Grande Chambre della Corte di giustizia del 29 maggio 2018 (causa C-426/16): la posizione dell’Avvocato Generale Nils Wahl - 6. La sentenza della Grande Chambre della Corte di giustizia del 26 febbraio 2019 (causa C-497/17) - 7. Alcune considerazioni (non) conclusive.
Multicultural societies and protection of food identity: some reflections on ritual slaughter.
ABSTRACT: The intensification of migratory flows and the demographic increase of the population of the Islamic religion in Europe now make it unavoidable to consolidate that process of cultural integration between different ethnic, linguistic and religious components, which had already begun a few decades ago in Western countries and aimed at defining of a new model of open and pluralist society. This process calls into question, in various areas - including that of food protection - the values of dignity, freedom and equality on which European democracies are founded, imposing the search for new balances between potentially conflicting interests. This contribution aims to investigate the compatibility profiles between respect for the food identity of religious minorities, the protection of human health and food safety and the prohibition of causing unnecessary suffering to animals, to highlight whether the principle of neutrality accepted by the current EU legislation is indeed the most suitable for promoting the fundamental values of European society.
SOMMARIO: 1. I diritti fondamentali al tempo di pandemia - 2. Il “diritto al cibo” – 3. La normativa speciale anti-epidemica sulla libertà di movimento - 4. Diritti garantiti o libertà compresse?
The religion-oriented right to food during pandemic time
ABSTRACT: In this historical period, the epidemiological emergency has prompted governments, both local and national, to issue a series of measures aimed at tackling the pandemic, with the consequent and inevitable compression of citizens' fundamental freedoms, in particular those regarding movement and religious freedom, on the base of the predominant right to health. In relation to these rights, the problem arises regarding the purchase of religiously oriented food or particular foods for people suffering from certain diseases or allergies. Is it worth to compress, in pandemic times, the fundamental freedom in the name of the predominant right to health? The right to health and the right to food should be to guarantee to all citizens, therefore also to those suffering from particular pathologies or those professing specific religious faith in such a way they are not forced to eat “harmful or impure” food for their psychophysical health.
SUMMARY: 1. Introduction - 2. Brief Remarks on the Notion of Halal - 3. The Interests at Stake in Halal Certification - 4. Actors and Instruments Involved in Halal Certification - 5. The Constitutional Regulation of the Religious Factor and Its Impact on Halal Certification - 6. Halal Italia and the 2010 Inter-Ministerial Convention - 7. Conclusion.
ABSTRACT: The purpose of this paper is to examine the Italian experience with halal certification and, in particular, the case of Halal Italia. After some brief preliminary remarks on the notion of halal, I will examine the general context of halal certification, by focusing on the interests at stake and on the actors and instruments involved. Next, I will take into account the impact of the constitutional regulation of the religious factor on halal certification. Finally, my analysis will turn to the trademark Halal Italia and the 2010 Inter-Ministerial Convention.
SOMMARIO: 1. Introduzione - 2. Le regole alimentari nel contesto israeliano e l’irrisolto dualismo (anche simbolico) tra identità collettiva nazionale e religiosa - 3. L’approccio europeo al Kashrut e la questione della macellazione rituale - 4. Le relazioni tra precetti religiosi alimentari ebraici e normativa secolare negli ordinamenti della multiculturalità - 5. Le Kasher food laws negli Stati Uniti - 6. Nota conclusiva.
Judaism and Food: an ancient binomial and the new tendencies on the background of multiculturalism
Abstract: In Judaism, religion and food have always been the terms of a strong spiritual and cultural ‘binomial’, variously affecting the community as well as the individual dimension. In Jewish religious tradition, food is at the same time an instrument of religious elevation, and it represents a powerful factor of collective identity. The paper aims at deepening this binomial in a comparative perspective that takes into consideration some specific features that seem particularly relevant. a) The role of the Constitutional Courts in the containment of sacred law, according to the Hirshl’s perspective (I. Hirshl, 2010), and in particular the case of Israel where the scope of religious authorities’ prerogative over the issue of kashrut certificates by the Chief Rabbinate represents an important part of the struggle between secular and religious attitudes. The judicial debate on Kashrut contributes to delineate the role of the Supreme Court of Israel in responding to the increased tension between Israel’s dual commitment to liberal-democratic and Jewish values. b) The new conflictual tendencies, in the relation between food and multiculturalism, concerning kosher slaughter in Europe. c) The relationship between Jewish dietary laws, religious liberties, the Establishment Clause and the Free Exercise Clause in the United States constitutional system. Starting from these topics, the paper will try to argue on the manifestation in food law of the intrinsic duality in the state of Israel, together Jewish and democratic, and the reflection of this duality in the other legal systems where constitutional theocracy is prevented by constitutional provisions of secularity and pluralism, but secularism appears in various and different forms.
SOMMARIO: 1. Introduzione - 2. La libertà religiosa e le regole alimentari religiose - 3. Le regole alimentari religiose e la laicità dello Stato - 4. Il menù quaresimale - 5. L’immunità dall’esposizione - 6. Conclusioni.
Religious dietary rules and school lunch menus: a challenge for secularism?
ABSTRACT: The paper starts from a case of dietary pluralism to discuss the possibility to justify menus sensitive to different religious dietary rules in schools’ canteens. Building on an analysis of the idea of secularism, both in its legal interpretation and in its philosophical understanding in terms of neutrality, I try to show that providing for menus sensitive to different religious dietary rules does not amount to a breach of secularism; it is, rather, a legitimate consequence of the protection of individuals’ rights to freedom of conscience and religion. Moreover, whenever institutions take action to devise and implement such menus they can be taken to act on a commitment to respecting the beliefs of minority groups in society without expecting that these groups, which are often migrant communities suffering of well-known problems of social integration, take on the burden to put forward public claims.
SOMMARIO: 1. Premessa metodologica - 2. Cenni storici sulle comunità musulmane francesi - 3. La re-invenzione di una tradizione? - 4. Mangiare halal a scuola: l’affaire di Chalon-sur-Saône - 5. Conclusioni.
Halal alimentation and the challenges against french laïcité: the request of alternative menu in the school canteens
ABSTRACT: The article will concern the debate about the balance between secularism and religious-driven prerogatives through a narrow focus on the diffusion of halal food in France. In particular, I will shed light on the increasing request of shari'a-compliant food by Muslims in some social spaces, for instance in the school canteens. My research will unfold its arguments in two sections. In the first one, I will address the recent development of halal market in France and try to frame the reasons of such burgeoning activities - revival of Islam or neoliberal marketing strategy? In the second part, I will consider the sentence of Dijon Administrative Tribunal, which in 2017 abolished the decision of the mayor of Chalon-sur-Saône of suppressing halal menu in the school canteens. The verdict might be read as an opinion favourable to Muslim’s prerogatives. Nonetheless, the rationale of the judgement does lie indeed in the defence of the “best interest of the child”, whereas the basic principles of French laicité were not put into discussion.
SOMMARIO: 1. Una doppia premessa: pluralismo religioso, cibo e scuola – 2. L’Italia, un paese “diverso” – 3. Milano: una città plurale? – 4. Mense scolastiche a Milano – 5. Descrizione della ricerca – 6. I risultati della ricerca nelle scuole statali – 7. Il caso della scuola ebraica – 8. Conclusioni.
SOMMARIO: 1. Introduzione – 2. La presenza islamica in Europa – 2.1. Il livello di integrazione dei musulmani nelle città europee – 3. Marketing halal: analisi della religione come "nuova/vecchia" variabile della microsegmentazione – 3.1. Introduzione al marketing halal – 3.2. Interculturalità vs. Religione – 3.3. La religione come "nuovavecchia" variabile della microsegmentazione – 3.4. Marketing halal, un approccio europeo al mercato globale – 4. La banca islamica, strumento per l'inclusione finanziaria dei musulmani – 4.1. Il concetto di esclusione/inclusione finanziaria – 4.2. Misurare il livello di esclusione finanziaria. Un'analisi della situazione attuale – 4.3. Le iniziative per l'inclusione finanziaria a livello mondiale – 4.4. La banca islamica come strumento d’inclusione per i musulmani – 4.4.1. I principi etici della banca islamica – 4.4.2. Le potenziali della banca islamica come strumenti di inclusione sociale – 5. Conclusioni.
ABSTRACT: This work aims to highlight the obstacles of the social, political, economic and financial exclusion of the European Muslims in order to present eventual inclusive solutions. In Europe the Islamic presence is growing because of two main reasons: the immigration fluxes from Asia and from the Islamic Mediterranean countries and the high birth rates of the European Muslim families. Even if part of the European culture presents several features deriving from the Islamic heritage and even if the national and EU legislations present anti-discrimination laws and specific protections for religious freedom, the Muslims have been socially excluded. Furthermore, Islamophobia has been increasing since 9/11 and especially in the recent months after the jihadist attacks in Paris and Brussels. This feeling increased the exception of Muslims from the public and private life in the European countries. Because of these reasons nowadays it is necessary to improve the available normative tools and, at the same time, it seems crucial to adopt a multidisciplinary method that should involve the Islamic banking, that is fundamental for the development of the Islamic European entrepreneurs, or the halal marketing which considers religion as a new/old variable for the microsegmentation of the European market.
SOMMARIO: 1. L'assistenza spirituale negli istituti di detenzione – 2. Segue: ministri di culto, simbolismo religioso e testi sacri – 3. Il diritto a un’alimentazione “religiosamente orientata” – 4. Uno sguardo all’Europa – 5. Brevi conclusioni.
SOMMARIO: 1 . Diritto, religioni, economie del cibo – 2. La libertà religiosa alimentare nelle “comunità separate”: 2.1 La situazione nelle mense degli istituti di detenzione. 2.2 Nelle mense ospedaliere. 2.3 Nelle mense scolastiche – 3. La libertà religiosa alimentare nello spazio privato: 3.1 Il caso del trasporto aereo. 3.2 Il caso del trasporto marittimo: la Convenzione internazionale sul lavoro marittimo (Maritime Labour Convention) - MLC 2006, e la Legge 2 agosto 1952, n. 1035 di Ratifica ed esecuzione della Convenzione I.L.O. n. 68 sul servizio di alimentazione a bordo della navi. 3.3 Il caso dell’offerta alberghiera – 4. Il commercio equo e solidale come “mercato etico” alimentare – 5. Appartenenza religiosa e regole alimentari: le influenze sulla produzione e sui consumi – 6. Diritto e religione nelle sfide della libertà alimentare.
SOMMARIO: 1. Premessa – 2. Cibo e trasformazioni del religioso – 3. “Cibo religioso” e mercato – 4. “Cibo religioso” e diritti statuali – 5. Alcune osservazioni conclusive.
Food, Law, Religion. Religious Freedom Issues in a Global Society
ABSTRACT: The paper focuses on the contemporary relevance acquired by “religious food” and, in particular, on the relationship of this latter with freedom to religion. An overview of the topic of “religious food” highlights transformations of both religious communities and state legal orders and reveals the different role played and methods followed by different rights – the right to a free market and to religious freedom – in the protection of “religious practices”. The tension between a “neutral” commercial approach and a more institutional and religiously-oriented one seems to be a historical constant and still the main characteristic of this question.
Il contesto in cui si svolge il nostro Convegno ("Le Università per EXPO 2015") m'induce nella tentazione di introdurre il dibattito con un interrogativo provocatorio e, forse, in qualche modo impertinente: Una dieta mediterranea per la mensa delle religioni e delle credenze?" (continua)
SOMMARIO : 1. L’Eucarestia: “augusto” strumento per la salute dei christifideles nell’economia della salvezza - 2. La transustanziazione - 3. La malattia celiaca e l’unico rimedio terapeutico: la dieta gluten free - 4. Il christifidelis affetto dalla sprue celiaca tra dieta gluten free e pane mere triticeus - 5. Prime disposizioni sul divieto dell’uso di ostie quibus glutinum ablatum est - 6. La particola con “una minima quantità di glutine” - 7. Le vigenti prescrizioni sulla validità della materia eucaristica e l’uso di ostie a basso contenuto di glutine - 8. La normativa sulla comunione dei celiaci tra sospetti e apprezzamenti - 9. Ultime precisazioni sull’uso del pane con poca quantità di glutine - 10. Conclusioni.
The health of the christifidelis celiac between diet gluten free and invalidity of the hosts quibus glutinum ablatum est
ABSTRACT: The communion of celiac has aroused the attention of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith for the direct connection between gluten, cause of the disease, and bread mere triticeus, precious element of the Eucharist. The complex matter concerns the impelling urgency to allow the christifidelis celiac to follow a super stricte gluten free diet, necessary way to the protection of his mental and physical health, without expelling him from the eucharistic banquet, indispensable instrument of salvation of his own soul. Therefore, in the saving mission of the Church called to the salus animarum of every man, without discriminating exclusions, direct specific norms are emanated to harmonize the dogmatic demands, connected to the Eucharestic, and the therapeutic needs related to mental and physical health of the faithful with the disease. Such norms have faced the validity of the eucharistic matter sealing the invalidity of the hosts quibus glutinum ablatum est , with a meaningful evolution, during the time. It stays, nevertheless, the suspect of an exhaustive solution of the question that induces to wish new interventions.