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The Rule of Law: Reconciling Religion and Culture in a Constitutional Framework
07 Oct - 12 Oct, 2006
(Session 435)
 Beyond the University: Shifting Demographics in Higher Education

Rend Al-Rahim (Co-Chair) - Executive Director, The Iraq Foundation, Washington, D.C
Richard J. Goldstone (Co-Chair) - Co-Chair of the Human Rights Institute of the International Bar Association; former justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa; former chief prosecutor of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia
Quadir Amiryar - Sr. Legal Education Expert, Kabul University, Faculty of Law, Afghanistan Rule of Law Program, Kabul
Michael Bryant - Attorney General and Member of the Provincial Parliament (MPP), Ontario, Canada
Fatou Camara - Assistant Professor of Law, Faculty of Judicial and Political Science, Cheikh Anta Diop University, Dakar
Sarah Gordon - Associate Dean, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Faculty of Law, Philadelphia
Johan Van der Vyver - I.T. Cohen Professor of International Law and Human Rights, Center for the Study of Law and Religion, Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, Georgia

Additional Session Support:
Michael Diedring (Resource Specialist) - Executive Director, CEELI Institute, Prague
Adam Dodek (Resource Specialist) - Chief of Staff and Director of Policy, Office of the Attorney General, Ontario, Canada

Even in societies with well-established constitutions and a strong history of the rule of law, there are continual challenges in integrating the rights of minority groups, balancing the appropriate role for religion and religious law, and respecting cultural norms. Can religious laws be integrated into--or accepted under--a national constitution meant to serve a plural society? What about cultural traditions which may not adhere to international legal norms and standards? These same questions plague the constitution-making process and, as witnessed in recent attempts in Iraq, Afghanistan and Europe, can create almost insurmountable obstacles if the process itself is not sufficiently inclusive and due attention given to these concerns. This session will make use of case studies from diverse regions and cultures to examine and compare practices and approaches, seeking to identify optimal approaches to the creation and application of constitutions.

The fee for this session is 3,000 EURO. The fee covers the cost of the program, accommodations, and meals.

Limited financial aid is available and is awarded based on need. Applicants who believe they qualify for assistance should explain their circumstances in a letter, which should be submitted with their application. NOTE: This session may be taken for Continuing Education credit. Offered in association with the Center for International Legal Studies (CILS), this conference is recognized by the Law Society of England and Wales, the General Council of the Bar of England and Wales, and the Netherlands Bar for Continuing Professional Development Credit (CPD), the states of New York, California, and Colorado under the approved jurisdictions rule, as well as West Virginia, New Hampshire and South Carolina for Continuing Legal Education Credit (CLE). In addition, due to CILS' recognized sponsorship with the above states, lawyers from the following jurisdictions will qualify for CLE credits: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington State, Wisconsin, and Wyoming and Hong Kong. There is an additional fee of EUR170 to register for CLE credit.

Session Faculty

Rend Al-Rahim
Fatou Camara



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