Democracy, Law and Religion

Paper presentation during third bi-annual ICLARS conference in Virginia, United States

Last week I presented a paper during a conference on ‘Religion, Democracy, and Equality’, at the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia. The conference was organized by the International Consortium for Law and Religion Studies (ICLARS) and cosponsored by the International Center for Law and Religion Studies, Brigham Young University, University of Virginia School of Law, First Freedom Center and The Institute of Bill of Rights Law, William and Mary Law School.

The keynote speech by Prof. Heiner Bielefeldt, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief, dealt with ‘Freedom of Religion or Belief: A Classical Human Right under Fire?’

For the full programme of the conference, a list of participants, as well as abstracts of the presentations, see the conference website at

Here you can also find my draft paper, entitled ‘Religious Pluralism, Eastern Ethical Monism and Western ‘Civic Totalism’.