2010 - 2011 Schedule

Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Headscarves and Burqa Bans: Has France (and Europe) Become Islamophobic?

Professor Cécile Laborde
Professor of Political Theory at the UCL Department of Political Science and currently a Member of Princeton's Institute of Advanced Studies. Author of Critical Republicanism: The Hijab Controversy and Political Philosophy.
Professor Patrick Weil
Visiting Professor at NYU's Institute of French Studies and Visiting Professor of Law and Robina Foundation International Fellow at Yale Law School (Fall 2010). Professor Weil was a member of the 2003 French Presidential Commission which recommended the ban of religious symbols in public schools.


  1. Cécile Laborde, 'Virginity and Burqa: Unreasonable Accommodations?' (30 Oct 2008) (translated from French: )
  2. Cécile Laborde, 'Quatre raisons pour ne pas interdire le port du voile intégral' (27 Sept 2010) (in French) 
  3. Cécile Laborde, 'State Paternalism and Religious Dress', International Journal of Constitutional Law (forthcoming) 
  4. Patrick Weil, 'Why the French Laïcité is Liberal', 30(6) Cardozo Law Review 2699-2714 (June 2009) 
  5. Patrick Weil, 'La loi sur la burqa risque l'invalidation par l'Europe' (23 Nov 2010) (in French)


Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Rational, Reasonable, and Religious? The Role of Religion in Public Reason

Professor Bruce Ackerman
Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale, and the author of fifteen books that have had a broad influence in political philosophy, constitutional law, and public policy. His major works include Social Justice in the Liberal State and his multivolume constitutional history, We the People.
Professor Stephen Carter
William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law at Yale. Among his nonfiction books are God's Name in Vain: The Wrongs and Rights of Religion in Politics; Civility: Manners, Morals, and the Etiquette of Democracy; The Dissent of the Governed: A Meditation on Law, Religion, and Loyalty; and The Culture of Disbelief: How American Law and Politics Trivialize Religious Devotion.