Religion, Legal Pluralism, and Human Rights: European and Transatlantic Perspectives (Panel)


Date: May 30, 2012 - May 31, 2012

A BEI Faculty Grant Workshop

Held at the Global Centers: Europe at Reid Hall in Paris

Organizers:
Jean L. Cohen, Nell and Herbert M. Singer Professor of Contemporary Civilization in the Core Curriculum
Yasmine Ergas, Associate Director, Institute for the Study of Human Rights, Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs
Samuel Moyn, Professor of History

The conference addresses the proper place and role of religion in constitutional democracies and in international human rights regimes. Does the presence of religious symbols and rituals in public and official spaces foster exclusion or inclusion of those who differ? Were the sovereign state to give up its monopoly over public law and yield to demands for jurisdiction by religious authorities over education and personal law (marriage, divorce, sexual morals, etc.), would this expand or undermine the political equality and human rights of citizens? This conference brings together interdisciplinary and geographically diverse scholars and students to examine the European and transatlantic past and present with respect to these issues.

Co-sponsored by BEI, IRCPL, and Paris I.

Date: May 30, 2012 - May 31, 2012

A BEI Faculty Grant Workshop

Held at the Global Centers: Europe at Reid Hall in Paris

Organizers:
Jean L. Cohen, Nell and Herbert M. Singer Professor of Contemporary Civilization in the Core Curriculum
Yasmine Ergas, Associate Director, Institute for the Study of Human Rights, Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs
Samuel Moyn, Professor of History

The conference addresses the proper place and role of religion in constitutional democracies and in international human rights regimes. Does the presence of religious symbols and rituals in public and official spaces foster exclusion or inclusion of those who differ? Were the sovereign state to give up its monopoly over public law and yield to demands for jurisdiction by religious authorities over education and personal law (marriage, divorce, sexual morals, etc.), would this expand or undermine the political equality and human rights of citizens? This conference brings together interdisciplinary and geographically diverse scholars and students to examine the European and transatlantic past and present with respect to these issues.

Co-sponsored by BEI, IRCPL, and Paris I.

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