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Human Rights, Law and Religion: Perspectives on the Islamic Face Veil

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On 30 March 2015 the Centre for Conflict, Rights and Justice, in collaboration with the Nottingham Law School Centre for Advocacy, will host a seminar which will explore some of the legal and human rights issues surrounding the Islamic face veil - the niqab and the burqa.

  • From: Monday 30 March 2015, 10.30 am
  • To: Monday 30 March 2015, 5.30 pm
  • Location: LT2, Court Room, Chaucer building, Nottingham Trent University, City Campus, Goldsmith Street, Nottingham, NG1 5LT
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Against a backdrop of a 'crisis in multiculturalism', religious radicalisation, growth in Islamophobia and international conflict, the Islamic veil has become the subject of intense controversy across Europe in recent years. The seminar will explore, amongst other things:

  • the general debate over religious manifestations and religious dress in modern 'secular' Europe
  • the issue of restrictions placed on the wearing of the face veil in public space in some European states, and the approach of the European Court of Human Rights to the issue, notably in the case of SAS v France
  • the issue as it has arisen in the context of court proceedings in England and Wales - in particular the question of whether, and/or to what extent, defendants and others should be permitted to wear the face veil during trial, an issue that was considered recently in a case at Blackfriars Crown Court, prompting much public comment, and leading to the Lord Chief Justice to call for a public consultation on the matter.

The examination of these and related issues raises fascinating and important questions around culture, belief, identity, autonomy, identification, credibility, the nature of public space and the very concept of the secular society.

The seminar will bring together distinguished commentators, with contrasting perspectives, from academia, legal practice and wider civil society.

All are welcome to attend and contribute to the planned sessions, whether they be academics or students, those of religious faith or not, legal practitioners or members of the public, activists or simply those interested in the issues (or any combination of the above).

Keynote Speakers

  • Dr Rajnaara Akhtar - University of Warwick
  • Yasmin Alibhai-Brown - Journalist, social commentator
  • Professor Eva Brems - University of Ghent, Belgium
  • Professor Susan Edwards - University of Buckingham
  • Felicity Gerry QC - Barrister, 36 Bedford Row, London and researcher at Charles Darwin University, Australia
  • Samantha Knights - Barrister, Matrix Chambers, London
  • Professor Jill Marshall - University of Leicester
  • Dr Anastasia Vakulenko - Birmingham University
  • Jeremy Robson - Barrister, Senior Lecturer, Director of Nottingham Law School Centre for Advocacy

Booking information

The seminar is free to attend. However all delegates are required to register their attendance by email, as places are limited.

A light lunch will be served, plus tea and coffee in the morning and afternoon.

Location details


LT2, Court Room, Chaucer building


Nottingham Trent University
City Campus
Goldsmith Street

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