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Public Lecture: Prof. Lori Beaman on ‘The Law’s Contribution to Religion as Culture’ (Dec 8, 2014)

The Religion and Society Research Centre at the University of Western Sydney invites you to attend a Public Lecture:

‘Reasonable Non-Invasiveness’ and Law’s Contribution to Religion as Culture

Speaker: Prof Lori Beaman, University of Ottawa

Date:  Monday, 08 December 2014

Time:  11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Venue: UWS Bankstown Campus, Building 3, Room G.55, Sydney

RSVP: by 02 December 2014 (for catering purposes)


This talk will consider the development of a legal and public rhetoric that shifts religious practice and symbols into a framing as culture and heritage.

Drawing on the Lautsi decision from the European Court of Human Rights and the Saguenay case in Quebec (now before the Canadian Supreme Court), the talk explores the notion that these practices represent universal values and as such should be accepted by all.