Webinar: Disentangling the Relationship between Religion and Law

How does law deal, or should deal with religion? The question arises especially in times of seemingly ever increasing nationalism and populism, often stirring up religious sentiments.

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The connection of religious law with secular law in statutes of hybrid or international statues of criminal courts, is one of the issues that will be addressed in the conference. Photo: Wikipedia commons/Kamal Zharif Kamaludin

Keynote speaker is Professor Heiner Bielefeldt, former UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief. See full programme and all speakers

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Religious rhetoric and violence

Recent research from the political sciences suggests a high correlation between religious rhetoric and violence, implying that religious conflicts are more violent than non-religious conflicts. Conversely, the conflicts following the Arab Spring led to a significant increase in the percentage of the population describing itself as ‘non-religious’, possibly suggesting a turn to secularisation following religiously motivated uprisings.

The topic of religion and conflict is of interest not only to political sciences, but also to areas of law dealing with religion or conflict, or both. Religion or conflicts are studied from the perspective of public international law, international humanitarian law, international criminal law, human rights law, and criminology, among others. Yet, the examination of religion and law in its combination is generally under-researched.


Is law the right tool? 

Is positively framed law the right tool to deal with religious matters that are of an inherently spiritual nature? And, how do domestic or international courts interpret the law when confronted with religiously motivated violent acts?


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Organizing committee for the conference 

Gentian Zyberi, Professor of International Law and Human Rights, Head of the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Oslo.

Carola Lingaas, Associate Professor of Law, VID Specialized University, Oslo Faculty of Social Studies.

Published May 28, 2020 7:02 AM - Last modified May 28, 2020 3:47 PM