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Law, Human Rights and Religion: Flashpoints

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The Centre for Conflict, Rights and Justice is hosting this one-day conference on themes which currently ignite debate in the fields of law, human rights and religion.

  • From: Monday 12 December 2016, 9.30 am
  • To: Monday 12 December 2016, 5.15 pm
  • Location: Chaucer Courtrooms, Chaucer building, Nottingham Trent University, City Campus, Goldsmith Street, Nottingham, NG1 5LT
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Event details

A one-day conference around themes involving law, human rights and religion. We welcome attendance from all those with an interest in these areas, and also invite proposals for presentations.

Conference aims

The conference aims to:

  • attract a range of scholars with an academic interest in the field of law, human rights and religion to present papers and exchange ideas
  • provide opportunities for dialogue between academics in this field, as well as the wider community
  • examine a diverse range of topical issues (e.g. regulation of religious schools, ritual male circumcision, anti-radicalisation legislation, and the interface between religion and discrimination law). These topics are currently the subject of considerable academic and media attention.

As well as the academic community, we hope the subject matter will appeal to other sectors: e.g. social services, third sector organisations working with children's rights such as UNICEF, and representatives from faith groups and quasi-faith groups.

Conference Presentations

Proposals for presentations are invited from within the following broad themes:

  • religion, family law and the rights of children
  • religion, human rights, and constitutional issues.

Guidance for submissions

Submissions should be made via email to Helen Hall and include your name, the proposed title, and an abstract of no more than 200 words.

You are not required to submit a paper with your presentation; however, if you choose to do so and your proposal is accepted, you will have the opportunity to have your paper published in the Nottingham Law Journal should you wish.

Submissions must be received by 5 pm on Friday 14 October.

Format for presentations and papers

Presentations should be approximately 20 minutes in length. You are welcome to use PowerPoint slides if you wish, but there is no requirement to do so. If you wish to use a PowerPoint presentation, please email this to Helen Hall no later than Friday 14 October.

For more information about this conference, please contact organisers Helen Hall or Tom Lewis.


Law, Human Rights and Religion: Flashpoints
Centre For Conflict, Rights and Justice

9.30 am10 am Registration with coffee and pastry

10 am10.20 am Welcome in the large Courtroom (Ch 1002)

10.20 am11.50 am First morning session panels A and B

Panel ALarge Courtroom (Ch 1002)
Religious Belief and Children’s Rights

Brigitte Clark (Oxford Brookes University) An Intricate Balancing Exercise? Reconciling the Parental Rights of Religious Minorities with the Rights and ‘Welfare’ of the Child
Maria Moscati, Nuno Ferreira (University of Sussex) Children’s religious freedom in the UK: reading the Begum decision from a children’s rights perspective
Irene Briones (University of Complutense, Madrid) Ritual Circumcision: Religious reasons and cultural traditions
Magdalena Butrymowicz (Pontifical University of John Paul II, Krakow) Every child has rights, no matter who they are, where they live or what they believe in

Panel BSmall Courtroom (Ch 1001)
Theology and Law

Hae Won Bang (Columbia University) Production of Islamic Knowledge in the European Diaspora: A Case Study of Digital Texts from a British Muslim Halal Certifier
Ali Raiss-Tousi Just War as Opposed to Wars of Aggression: Historical Developments in the Abrahamic Faiths
Zachary R Calo Catholic Social Thought and Human Rights
Clayton O’Neill (NTU) Is the Religiously-Inspired Principle and Double Effect appropriate in English Law?

11.50 am12.05 pm Morning coffee break

12.05 pm1.35 pm Second morning session - Panels C and D

Panel CLarge Courtroom (Ch 1002)
Law, Rights and Religion: a Miscellany

Emma Long (University of East Anglia) Evangelicals, Missionaries, and the International Dimension of the Religious Liberty Debate c.1940-1960
Sumeet Jalgaonkar (University of Dundee) Statutory test for religious offences: A case study analysis on laws in India and Scotland
Adina Portaru (ADF International Brussels) Is Europe still searching for its soul? Article 17 TFEU and its implementation
Majida S Ismael (University of Liverpool) Constitutional Judiciary and Questions of Compliance with Islamic Law in Iraq’s Emerging Democracy

Panel DSmall Courtroom (Ch 1001)
Balancing Religious Rights

Jacob Clinton (NTU) Satire v Religion: Battlegrounds or Common Grounds?
Suzana Ibisi (Keele) Regulation of Religious Symbols in the EU Public Space. A Comparative Analysis of Belgium, Italy, England, and France
Jeremy Robson (NTU) Seen but not heard - The Niqaab in Court proceedings
Irene Zempi (NTU) The effects of the French veil ban on veiled Muslim women in the UK: A thematic analysis

1.35 pm2.15 pm Buffet lunch

2.15 pm3.45 pm First afternoon session - Panels E and F

Panel ELarge Courtroom (Ch 1002)
The line between public and private rights and space

Erich Hou, Ruth Gaffney-Rhys, Clare Lewis (University of South Wales) ‘Get A Room!’ Paradigm Shift in Bull v Hall
Andreas Yiannaros (University of Bedfordshire) Religious freedom and non-discrimination: An explosive mix of rights?
Rajnaara Akhtar (De Montfort University) Unregistered Marriages in Human Rights Discourse
Erica Howard (Middlesex University) Is there a right not to be offended?

Panel FSmall Courtroom (Ch 1001)
Equality and Justice

Mark Coen (University College Dublin) An Irish Solution to an Irish Problem: Reform of the Religious Ethos Exemption in Employment Equality Law
David Pollock (British Humanist Association) The Government’s Two Faces on Religious Discrimination in Voluntary Aided Schools A Legal Anomaly
Robert Blitt (University of Tennessee) The Rights to Nondiscrimination and Equality Viewed from the Organization for Islamic Cooperation (OIC)
Diana Ginn (Dalhousie University, Canada) Human Rights Law, Religion and Employment in Canada: the bona fide occupational requirement, and accommodation to the point of undue hardship

3.45 pm4 pm Afternoon break

4 pm5.15 pm Second afternoon session

Panel GLarge Courtroom
Internal and external rights for religious communities

Khurshid Sana Khan Importance of Synergy between Women-Friendly Legislation and Shelter Homes for Ending Violence against Women in Pakistan
Ivie Betty Erhahon (Council for Arts and Culture, Nigeria) Oath-Taking, Unwholesome Burial And Widowhood Practices: Punitive Measures Under The Guise Of Cultural Practices In South-South Nigeria
Amin Al-Astewani (Lancaster University) Religious Communities and Joint-Governance: The Case of the Muslim Arbitration Tribunal and the Arbitration Act 1996

5.15 pm Closing remarks

Please note: There may be minor changes to the programme. If any of the speakers have received a slot which is problematic for them in terms of travel arrangements, please contact Tom Lewis or Helen Hall as soon as possible and we will use best endeavours to resolve any problems.

Booking information

Conference Fee

The conference fee is £20 (including VAT). If you would like to book your place, please visit the online store.

Location details


Chaucer Courtrooms, Chaucer building


Nottingham Trent University
City Campus
Goldsmith Street

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