Cardozo Law - Columbia Law Spring 2018 Colloquium: Citizenship, Religion, Identity


March 8, 2018 - 4:15pm to 6:15pm


Cardozo Law - Columbia Law Spring 2018 Colloquium: Citizenship, Religion, Identity

Professor Reva Siegel (Law, Yale) and Professor Douglas NeJaime (Law, Yale)

March 8, 2018 4:20 - 6:10 p.m.

Room 407

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Students, faculty, administration and visiting scholars are invited to the Cardozo-Columbia Spring 2018 Colloquium, which brings together prominent speakers from many countries, disciplines, religious traditions and constitutional cultures to address various current conflicts and challenges, and, where pertinent, to suggest possible avenues towards improvements and solutions in the context of contemporary religiously pluralistic, multicultural, multi-ethnic and ideologically divided constitutional democracies.

Conveners: Professor Jamal Greene (Columbia University Law School) | Professor Susanna Mancini (Bologna University Law School) | Professor Michel Rosenfeld (Cardozo School of Law)

Speaker Schedule:

January 25: Professor Jose Casanova (Sociology and Theology, Georgetown)

Professor Casanova is one of the world's top scholars in the sociology of religion. He is a professor in the Departments of Sociology and Theology at Georgetown University and senior fellow at the Berkley Center, where his work focuses on globalization, religions, and secularization. His best-known work, Public Religions in the Modern World (University of Chicago Press, 1994), has become a modern classic in the field and has been translated into several languages. In 2012, Casanova was awarded the Theology Prize from the Salzburger Hochschulwochen in recognition of his life-long achievement in the field of theology.

February 8: Professor Andrew March (Political Science, Yale)

Professor March has taught Islamic Law at Yale and NYU law schools. His research and teaching interests are in the areas of political philosophy, Islamic law and political thought, religion, and political theory. His book, Islam and Liberal Citizenship (Oxford University Press, 2009), is an exploration of the Islamic juridical discourse on the rights, loyalties, and obligations of Muslim minorities in liberal polities, and won the 2009 Award for Excellence in the Study of Religion from the American Academy of Religion. He is currently working on a book on the problem of divine and popular sovereignty in modern Islamic thought, titled The Caliphate of Man.

February 22: Professor Kristina Stoeckl (Sociology, Univ. of Innsbruck, Austria)

Professor Stoeckl's research areas are social and political theory and sociology of religion with a special focus on theories of secularization and religious pluralism, religious actors in politics and civil society, orthodox Christianity and church-state-relations in Russia. Her recent monograph is The Russian Orthodox Church and Human Rights (Routledge, 2014).

March 8: Professor Reva Siegel (Law, Yale) and Professor Douglas NeJaime (Law, Yale)

Reva Siegel is a leading U.S. constitutional law scholar. Her writing draws on legal history to explore questions of law and inequality and to analyze how courts interact with representative government and popular movements in interpreting the Constitution. Her recent articles include Community and Conflict: Same-Sex Marriage and Backlash, 64 U.C.L.A. L. Rev. (2017);  Conscience Wars: Complicity-Based Conscience Claims in Religion and Politics, 124Yale L.J. (2015) (with Doug NeJaime); The Supreme Court, 2012 Term — Foreword: Equality Divided, 127 Harv. L. Rev. (2013).

Douglas NeJaime writes in the areas of family law, legal ethics, law and sexuality, and constitutional law. His recent scholarship includes The Nature of Parenthood, 126 Yale Law Journal 2260 (2017); Marriage Equality and the New Parenthood, 129 Harvard Law Review 1185 (2016); Conscience Wars: Complicity-Based Conscience Claims in Religion and Politics, 124 Yale Law Journal 2516 (2015), with Reva Siegel; and Before Marriage: The Unexplored History of Nonmarital Recognition and Its Relationship to Marriage, 102 California Law Review 87 (2014).

March 29: Professor Asli Bâli (Law, UCLA)

Professor Bâli’s principal scholarly interests lie in two areas: public international law—including human rights law and the law of the international security order—and comparative constitutional law, with a focus on the Middle East. Her current research examines questions of constitutional design in religiously-divided societies.

April 19: Professor Peter Danchin (Law, Univ. of Maryland)

Professor Danchin's areas of interest include international law, human rights, comparative constitutional law and legal theory. His scholarship focuses, in particular, on critical approaches to the right to religious freedom in international legal, political, moral and theological thought. Recent publications include Politics of Religious Freedom (Chicago University Press: 2015) edited with Winnifred Fallers Sullivan, Elizabeth Shakman Hurd and Saba Mahmood and Politics of Religious Freedom: Contested Genealogies (113:1, Duke University Press: 2014). In 2014-2015, he was a Senior Research Fellow in Law at the Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton where he co-lead the Inquiry on Law and Religious Freedom in cooperation with the Program in Law and Public Affairs at Princeton University. Previously, he was a Visiting Professor in Law and Andrew W. Mellon Visiting Fellow in religious studies at the University of Cape Town.

Sponsored by The Floersheimer Center for Constitutional Democracy and The Program on Global and Comparative Constitutional Theory at Cardozo School of Law and The Columbia University School of Law.

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