Pluralism, Religion and the Law

Religion is arguably the most powerful social force in the world. As it inspires liberating reform, it is used to justify violence and oppression. What is the role of law in helping communities to negotiate religious difference in ways that promote dialogue and tolerance?

A conference sponsored by the School of Law will address the question from a variety of perspectives, bringing together a number of the most prominent scholars. “Pluralism, Religion and the Law: A conversation at the intersection of identity, faith, and legal reasoning,” will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, March 7, at the law school.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Charles Barbour, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Alberta
  • Patrick Brown, Distinguished Scholar in Residence, Seattle University School of Law
  • John A. Coleman, S.J., Charles Casassa Professor of Social Values, Bellarmine College, Loyola Marymount University
  • Dr. Quinton Dixie, Professor of Religious Studies, Department of Philosophy, Indiana University
  • Peter Fitzpatrick, Professor, The School of Law, Birkbeck College, University of London
  • Haider Ala Hamoudi, Associate Professor of Law, University of Pittsburgh School of Law
  • Steven Hobbs, Tom Bevill Chairholder of Law, School of Law, University of Alabama
  • Russell Powell, Assistant Professor of Law, Seattle University School of Law
  • Vincent D. Rougeau, Associate Professor, Notre Dame Law School
  • Lisa Shaw Roy, Associate Professor of Law, School of Law, University of Mississippi
  • Jack L. Sammons, Griffin B. Bell Professor of Law, Mercer University School of Law
  • Steven H. Shiffrin, Charles Frank Reavis Sr. Professor of Law, Cornell University Law School
  • Susan Stabile, Robert and Marion Short Distinguished Chair in Law, Professor, School of Law, University of St. Thomas
  • Rev. Dr. Flora Wilson Bridges, Professor, School of Theology and Ministry, Seattle University

The program is organized by Professors Christian Halliburton, Natasha Martin, and Russell Powell and law school’s Continuing Legal Education program.

For more information and registration, go to Pluralism, Religion & the Law.

First floor café seating