Sessions Information

  • January 4, 2017
    1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
    Session Type: Section Programs
    Session Capacity: 90
    Hotel: Hilton San Francisco Union Square
    Room: Continental Ballroom 9
    Floor: Ballroom Level

    This panel will take a comparative perspective on the place of religion and secularism in modern constitutionalism. Invited speakers will consider a number of models, drawn from Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Europe, and will raise questions about the extent to which liberal constitutionalism is consistent with constitutional designs that privilege a particular religion in various ways. Invited speakers will also consider the extent to which the principle of secularism should be and is being placed beyond the realm of democratic debate, for example by being formally entrenched in unamendable constitutional clauses (as in Turkey) or as a feature within the constitution’s "basic structure" and therefore implicitly entrenched (as in India). This panel will enrich our comparative understanding of constitutionalism and religion, and it will moreover unsettle our conventional understandings of this relationship in American constitutional law.

    Papers from the program will be published in Michigan State Law Review.

    Business meeting at program conclusion.

Session Speakers
Boston College Law School

University of California, Davis, School of Law

Wadham College

National University of Singapore Faculty of Law

Michigan State University College of Law

Radzyner Law School, Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya

Whittier Law School

Session Fees
  • [4260] Law and Religion: $0.00