Friday, October 16, 2015

Law, Religion, and Politics Conference on November 6 and 7

The conference Law, Religion, and Politics: Challenges to Traditional Borders in Global and Comparative Perspectives marks the fourth anniversary of the Debating Law & Religion Series at Yale Law School. It will draw together leading scholars of religion from across traditional academic disciplines to reassess the place of religion in our contemporary societies on November 6 and 7.

“Cases like Hobby Lobby suggest the rising force of religion in modern life,” said Dean Robert Post. “The conference will explore how a secular society can be reconciled with religious requirements of conscience and observance.”

Panels will investigate the diversification of Church-State arrangements across the world as well as counter-narratives that challenge the traditional arc of modern secularization. In addressing traditional debates about the place of religion in the public sphere and the institutional and social changes they have provoked, this conference seeks to understand the relationship of law and religion in the contemporary world and to explore its legal and political implications.

Panelists will include Yale Law professors Bruce Ackerman, Stephen Carter, David Grewal, Paul Kahn, Daniel Markovits, Judith Resnik, and Reva Siegel. Dean and Sol & Lillian Goldman Professor of Law Robert C. Post will give introductory remarks on November 6, and Visiting Professor of Law and Oscar M. Ruebhausen Distinguished Senior Fellow Patrick Weil will deliver concluding remarks on November 7.

In line with the conference theme, graduate student workshops will showcase emerging scholarship that examines, challenges, and reassesses the traditional boundaries of law, religion, and politics.

The Law, Religion, and Politics conference is organized by the Yale Law School and the Yale Divinity School.