The Conscience Wars: Rethinking the Balance between Religion, Identity and Equality


November 14, 2018 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Cardozo Law School invites you to:

The Conscience Wars: Rethinking the Balance between Religion, Identity and Equality

panel discussion

Wednesday, November 14, 2018
6 p.m.

Room 1008
Cardozo School of Law
55 Fifth Avenue
New York, New York

reception and book signing to follow

Register online

The Conscience Wars,  edited by Susanna Mancini and Michel Rosenfeld,  (Cambridge University Press: 2018)  tackles the recent new wave of conscience claims. Traditional religious conscientious objection cases, such as refusal to serve in the military during war, had a diffused effect throughout society.

In sharp contrast, today's most notorious objections impinge on the rights of others, targeting practices like contraception, abortion, LGTBQ adoption and same-sex marriage. The dramatic expansion of conscientious objection claims has revolutionized the battle between religious traditionalists and secular civil libertarians, raising novel political, legal, constitutional and philosophical challenges.

This book highlights the intersection between conscientious objections, religious liberty, and the equality of women and sexual minorities in the US and in Europe.

This event is sponsored in part by the Jacob Burns Institute for Advanced Legal Studies.

Professor Andras Sajo, Former Vice President of the European Court of Human Rights, University Professor at Central European University and Visiting Professor at NYU Law School
Professor Melissa Murray, NYU Law School
Professor Stanley Fish, Floersheimer Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law, Cardozo School of Law
Louise Melling, Esq., Deputy Legal Director at the American Civil Liberties Union and the Director of its Center for Liberty (which encompasses ACLU's work on reproductive freedom, women's rights, lesbian gay bisexual and transgender rights)
Professor Susanna Mancini, Full Professor and Chair of Comparative Constitutional Law, The University of Bologna School of Law
Professor Michel Rosenfeld, University Professor of Law and Comparative Democracy and Justice Sydney L. Robins Professor of Human Rights, Cardozo School of Law