Event Date: 12 December 2014
Birkbeck Main Building
Birkbeck, University of London
London WC1E 7HX
Birkbeck School of Law presents:
Leverhulme Lecture II
Professor Michel Rosenfeld (Cardozo School of Law, New York)
Professor Michel Rosenfeld discusses how modern constitutionalism based on the ideals of the Enlightenment favours secularism over religion, relegating the latter for the most part to the private sphere. In more recent times, constitutional secularism has been attacked as anti-religious rather than neutral, but arguably this objection can be overcome from a pluralist perspective that places secularism as an ideology alongside other religious and non-religious ideologies found within the polity.
Michel Rosenfeld is Professor of Human Rights and director of the Program on Global and Comparative Constitutional Theory at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, New York; and the co-editor (with Susanna Mancini) of Constitutional Secularism in an Age of Religious Revival OUP (2014). His visit to Birkbeck School of Law is courtesy of a grant from the Leverhulme Trust, whose support is gratefully acknowledged.