Session Details

Session Title

Law and Religion: Blasphemy, Religious Defamation, and Religious Nationalism: Threats to Civil Society from Religious Speech and Its Suppression

Papers to be published in Case Western Reserve Law Review)


Various countries have recently used laws against hate speech and blasphemy to prohibit certain kinds of criticism of religion and even to criminally prosecute and convict those engaging in speech targeting a particular religion.  This trend clearly contrasts with the protections for religious and anti-religious speech provided by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.  The intersection between religious speech and individual privacy is, however, at issue in the recent U.S. Supreme Court case of Snyder v. Phelps.  This session will investigate international developments involving religious defamation, the comparative dimensions of the issue, and potential domestic analogues.


Business Meeting at Program Conclusion.

Robert C. Blitt, University of Tennessee College of Law
Professor Andrew March, Yale University Department of Political Science
Moria Paz, Stanford Law School
Mark S. Scarberry, Pepperdine University School of Law
Dr. Anat Scolnicov, University of Cambridge Faculty of Law
Eugene Volokh, University of California, Los Angeles School of Law
Date & Time
5145 Law and Religion: $0.0000