Tolerance as a law and legal value




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Despite the fact that the term “tolerance” came into use relatively recently, tolerance itself as a legal and juridical value has long been the subject of research by many philosophers and theorists. Moreover, it has even been reflected in international legal instruments, for example, the Declaration of Principles of Tolerance of 1995. Tolerance is often associated with religious or moral views, actions. In this respect, tolerance is evidence of the nobility of man, his high moral culture, humanity and civilization in society. In all major religious and ethical systems, the theme of tolerance occupies an important place. It is an important political tool and influences the adoption of important decisions of state importance in the activities of high-ranking officials. The existence of any legal system is impossible without the principle of tolerance. Law is always a measure of freedom in society, and tolerance determines the limits of this freedom. Of course, in different branches of law, the principle (requirement, imperative) of tolerance manifests itself in different ways. For example, in relatively young constitutional law, tolerance is closely linked to political freedom, ideological pluralism, and cultural diversity in general. Undoubtedly, tolerance is one of the greatest legal values that every conscious citizen must cultivate in order to ensure wise decisions, avoid conflict situations, and proper legal interaction.


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How to Cite

Vovk, V., & Oliinyk, U. (2021). Tolerance as a law and legal value. Review of Institute of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, 1, 79–86.