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Negotiating Religion Workshop: Legal Framework – Schools and Religious Freedom

UCL’s Dr Myriam Hunter-Henin is pleased to announce a workshop to be held at UCL on 12th June 2012 on

Negotiating Religion Workshop: Legal Framework – Schools and Religious Freedom

This one day workshop, which is part of the Negotiating Religion Workshop Series, will look at how and to what extent do legal frameworks – judicial reasoning and legal processes – allow space for negotiating religious issues. The workshop will look at questions such as:

  • Does this negotiation take place with religious communities or directly with the individuals who claim that their religious freedoms have been infringed?
  • What are the main actors of the negotiating process?
  • Who benefits from it?
  • What are the risks of ‘negotiating’?
  • Is ‘negotiation’ the best way to reach a fair compromise between conflicting rights and claims?
  • Is negotiating with religious freedoms any different to negotiation in respect of other human rights?
  • What special features/dangers derive from the school context in which this negotiation takes place?
  • What does teaching in a secular institution imply?

These crucial questions will be addressed through analysis of topical case law and legal scholarship under four headings:

1. Religious symbols

2. Religious education and teaching content

3. Religion and staff

4. Faith Schools

You can book online for this conference at:

The cost to attend is: 

£60 – standard ticket

£30 – academic ticket

£10 – student ticket

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