International Conference "The Legitimate Scope of Religious Establishment"

Luogo Convegno: 
Seminario Patriarcale di Venezia

March 7-9, 2016

Monday, March 7


18:00 – 19:00   Opening session

Three Conundrums of Establishment: Freedom from Religion; the Neutrality of the State; the Dilemmas of Accommodation

Joseph Weiler, President, European University Institute

19:30               Dinner


Tuesday, March 8

9:00 – 10:30     Religious perspective

Discussant: Amichai Randzyner, Bar-Ilan University

The Feasibility of a Secular State in the Eyes of Zionist Adjudicators

Itzhak Brand, Bar-Ilan University

The Catholic Church Tested for Establishment Regimes

Don Matteo Visioli, Faculty of Canon Law S. Pio X, Venezia

Religious Reasons for the Separation of Religion and State

Gideon Sapir, Bar-Ilan University


10:45 – 12:15   Normative perspective I

Discussant: Gideon Sapir, Bar-Ilan University

Establishment and Encounter

Perry Dane, Rutgers School of Law

The Unavailability of Religious Arguments

Omri Ben-Zvi, Hebrew University

Religion-State Relations and their effects on Human Rights

Gila Stopler, College of Law and Business


12:15 – 13:30  Lunch


13:30 – 15:00   Normative perspective II

                        Discussant: Michael Broyde, Emory University

Division of powers: a New Theory of Church-State Relations in Democratic Regimes

Robert J. Burton, University of Notre Dame

The Irrelevance of Disestablishment

Steven K. Green, Willamette University

Conscience Claims: Establishment vs. Free Exercise

Mark Goldfeder, Emory University


15:15 – 16:15   Normative perspective III

Discussant: Gila Stopler, College of Law and Business

Church and State in England: Hard Freedoms and Soft Establishment

Mark Hill QC, University of Cardiff and Pretoria University

Symbols, Secular Order, and Establishment

Zachary R. Calo, Hamad Bin Khalifa University


16:30 – 17:30   Israeli Perspective

Discussant: Mark Goldfeder, Emory University

Religion in the Israeli Marriage and Divorce System: The "Is" and the "Ought"

            Avishalom Westreich, College of Law and Business

The Impact of Israeli Supreme Court Rulings on the Halakhic Status of the Official Rabbinical Courts

Amihai Radzyner, Bar-Ilan University

17:45 – 18:45    Young Scholars' Presentations


Wednesday, March 9

8:45 – 10:00    Comparative perspective I

Discussant: Zachary R. Calo, Hamad Bin Khalifa University

The Byzantine Heritage and the Contemporary Secular Standards in Democratic States with Predominantly Christian-Orthodox Communities

Aleksandar Spasenovski, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University

Separation between State and Religion: a new European Union model?

Valentina Fiorillo

The (not so unique) American Establishment Clause

Brett Scharffs, BYU Law School


10:15 – 11:30   Comparative perspective II

Discussant: Marco Ventura, University of Siena

Gray is the New Black: Illuminating Religious Establishment within Japan’s Cultural Palette

Ashley Burton, Emory University

Religious Establishment from the Point of View of Religious Minorities: The Argentinian Case

Juan Martin Vives, Universidad Adventista del Plata

Religious Arbitration in Countries with Established Churches

Michael J. Broyde, Emory University


11:45 – 13:00   Comparative perspective III

Discussant: Brett Scharffs, BYU Law School

State Confessionalism and Religious Pluralism in the Judgement of the European Court of Human Rights

Giorgio Feliciani, Faculty of Canon Law S. Pio X, Venezia

Between the Wall of Separation and Religious Establishment: The State-Religion Cooperation in Brazil

Rodrigo Vitorino Souza Alves, Federal University of Uberlândia

A Perspective on Suitable Latitude for Religious Establishments: Contrasting the Student Educational Arena with the Adult Political Square

Laurence H. Winer, Arizona State University & Nina J. Crimm, St. John's University


13:00               Concluding remarks