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ReligioWest Project Lecture Series - Religious Freedom—American Style—At Home and Abroad—Two Decades After Smith

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  • Wed 01 Feb 2012 11.00 - 13.00
  Add to Calendar 2012-02-01 11:00 2012-02-01 13:00 Europe/Paris ReligioWest Project Lecture Series - Religious Freedom—American Style—At Home and Abroad—Two Decades After Smith

Two decades ago the U.S. Supreme Court decisively changed the course of domestic religious freedom jurisprudence. In Employment Division v Smith, the Court held that the Constitution does not mandate a religious exemption, or accommodation, from neutral laws of general application that impinge on the activities of religiously motivated folks even if such laws effectively outlaw acts that are perceived to be religious duties. In a far-reaching and rhetorically powerful opinion, Justice Scalia in his opinion for the majority in Smith returned free exercise clause interpretation to a pre-Warren-court non-interventionist position and set in motion a political reaction which has affected both the domestic and foreign religious freedom landscapes in the U.S., two fields which are rarely considered together by constitutional scholars. Please note that this lecture will be video recorded.

Sala del Capitolo, Badia Fiesolana DD/MM/YYYY
  Sala del Capitolo, Badia Fiesolana

Two decades ago the U.S. Supreme Court decisively changed the course of domestic religious freedom jurisprudence. In Employment Division v Smith, the Court held that the Constitution does not mandate a religious exemption, or accommodation, from neutral laws of general application that impinge on the activities of religiously motivated folks even if such laws effectively outlaw acts that are perceived to be religious duties. In a far-reaching and rhetorically powerful opinion, Justice Scalia in his opinion for the majority in Smith returned free exercise clause interpretation to a pre-Warren-court non-interventionist position and set in motion a political reaction which has affected both the domestic and foreign religious freedom landscapes in the U.S., two fields which are rarely considered together by constitutional scholars. Please note that this lecture will be video recorded.


Location:
Sala del Capitolo, Badia Fiesolana

Affiliation:
Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies
Department of Political and Social Sciences

Type:
Lecture

Organiser:
Prof. Olivier Roy (EUI-RSCAS)

Contact:
Mia Saugman - Send a mail

Speaker:
Professor and Director of the Law and Religion Program Winnifred Sullivan (University of Buffalo)
 
 

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