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Italian crucifix case develops

Updated 3 June

See earlier reports here.

The full judgment is available in English here (PDF also available there), or as a Word file, downloadable here.

Neil Addison notes that a relevant bit of history is contained in paragraph 16, see here.

The next hearing in the case will be at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg on 30 June.

The Italian Government has submitted a brief (PDF), which is so far only available in French.

Several other parties have filed Amicus Curiae briefs in this case. Here are links to some of them.

The European Centre for Law and Justice has filed a brief (PDF).
See their press release: The ECLJ Admitted as Amicus Curiae in the Italian Crucifix Case Before the European Court of Human Rights.

The American-based Alliance Defense Fund has submitted a brief (PDF) on behalf of 32 members of the European Parliament.
See their press release: Court grants ADF request to allow 32 members of European Parliament to defend Italy in cross case.

Another American-based group, the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty has also filed a brief (PDF) prepared by a team of 37 law professors.
See their press release: 37 Law Professors Urge European Court to Reject Ruling Banning Cross from Italian Classrooms.

Also, the European Humanist Federation has filed this brief (PDF). More from the EHF available here. Update This organisation has had its application to intervene rejected.


There are also reports that ten European states have joined Italy in petitioning the European Court of Human Rights to overturn its decision. They are reported to be:

  • Armenia, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece, Lithuania, Malta, Monaco, San-Marino, Romania, and The Russian Federation.
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