Presentation at the workshop of the European University Institute: ‘Judging Faiths: Religious Freedom at the Bar in U.S. and European Courts’


Conference Room, Villa La Fonte  via delle Fontanelle, 18 – San Domenico di Fiesole

23-24 October 2014

Organisers:  Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies/European University Institute

This workshop aimed to bring together a group of distinguished judges, scholars and advocates to discuss the tensions between faith-based practices and secular ideals in courts. These insights included: how, despite very different institutional frameworks, the similar ways US and European Courts make room for local variation through a jurisprudence of avoidance; the ways that American style (and often American-backed) litigation activists are transforming what has been a European group-based conception of religious freedom into an individualistic conception; and common strategies through which litigants translate matters of faith into the interests protected by law.

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Presentation at the Law and Religion Symposium 2014: ‘Varieties of Secularism, Religion, and the Law’

Law and Religion Symposium 2014: ‘Varieties of Secularism, Religion, and the Law’ 5-7 October 2014

Provo, Utah, USA

Organiser: International Centre for Law and Religion Studies

The 21st annual International Law and Religion Symposium, took place at Brigham Young University Law School in Provo, Utah. This year 80 invited delegates, from 40 countries, addressed the theme “Varieties of Secularism, Religion, and the Law.” This year’s delegates included scholars, government officials, journalists, and religious and civic leaders from Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Croatia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Dominican Republic, France, Greece, Guatemala, Guyana, Hungary, India, Indonesia.

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