State and Religion relations are at a crossroad. The rapid processes of globalization, de-secularization, and immigration, and the rise of multiculturalism, have been the cause of two rising and interrelated demands: (1) for the strengthening of the status and role of religion in the public and governmental spheres; and (2) for the strengthening of the power and authority of private religious communities over their members. Both these demands stand in tension with the classic liberal understanding of religion-state relations and with liberal perceptions of human rights, and create the need to rethink age old paradigms. The purpose of the workshop is to discuss the challenges posed by this new crossroad in religion-state relations, and engage, from legal, comparative and philosophical perspectives, with questions arising from it.
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Conference Organizers:
Moshe Cohen-Eliya, Gila Stopler, Avishalom Westreich
College of Law and Business, Fifth floor conference room. Seats are limited. Please RSVP to avishalomw@clb.ac.il

Wednesday 31.12.2014
Greetings 09:15 - 9:30

 

Thursday 1.1.2015

The Jurisprudence of Religion in the Liberal State
09:30 – 11:30
Conscience and Equality
09:30 – 11:30

Paul Kahn
Yale University

The Jurisprudence of Religion in a Secular Age: From Ornamentalism to Hobby Lobby

Susanna Mancini
University of Bologna

The Conscience Wars: Rethinking the Balance between Religion, Identity and Equality
Alon Harel
Hebrew University
Commentator Shai Lavi
Tel Aviv University
Commentator
Gila Stopler
College of Law and Business

Hobby Lobby SAS and the Resolution of Religion Based Conflicts in Liberal states

Carmit Karin Yefet
Haifa University

Synagogue and State in the Israeli Military: "Inappropriate Integration"
Barak Medina
Hebrew University
Commentator Avishalom Westreich
College of Law and Business
Commentator
Coffee 11:30 12:00 Coffee 11:30 12:00

Religious Diversity and the Law
12:00 – 13:00

Secularism and the Law
12:00 – 13:00

Ayelet Shachar
University of Toronto

The Encounter between the “Supreme Law of the Land” and Privatized Diversity: Lessons from Multicultural Canada 

Lorenzo Zucca
King's College London

Not Enough Secularism: the necessity of radical rethinking

Shelly Kreiczer Levy
College of Law and Business
Commentator

Yofi Tirosh
Tel Aviv University

Commentator
Lunch 13:00 14:00 Lunch 13:00 14:00
Religion as Place and as Meaning
14:00 – 16:00

Constitutional Theocracies – A Comparative Perspective
14:00 – 16:00

Gideon Sapir & Daniel Statman
Bar Ilan University

The Protection of Holy Places

Ran Hirschl
University of Toronto  

Cherry picking in hot places

Adam Shinar
IDC Herzliya
Commentator Iddo Porat
College of Law and Business
Commentator
Menachem Mautner
Tel Aviv University

Meaning, Religion, and the State: On the Future of Liberal Human Rights

Amal Jamal
Tel Aviv University

Religion, State and Constitution Making in Egypt and Tunisia: A Comparative Perspective
Tomer Persico
Tel Aviv University
Commentator Yoav Peled
Tel Aviv University
Commentator