Date(s) of Conference:
January 28-29, 2011
McGill Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism
For several decades, “culture” played a central role in challenging the liberal tradition and its legal and philosophical foundations, a debate particularly acute in the field of human rights. “Religion”, which also had posed a challenge to liberal thought for centuries, seemed to have almost faded away beyond constitutional debates regarding the limits of free exercise. More recently, however, religion seems to have reemerged as the new central challenge facing Western liberal societies. The conference will address the significance of the growing presence of “religion” in contemporary law and politics.