Religion and Legal Accommodation: A Symposium on Cécile Laborde’s Liberalism’s Religion

10/11/2017, 9:15 - 18:30

This workshop will discuss Cécile Laborde’s recently published book Liberalism’s Religion. The workshop will bring together political philosophers and lawyers from the UK and the Republic of Ireland, and provide a forum for debate on recent developments in the legal and political philosophy of religious accommodation. This event is funded by the Society for Applied Philosophy.

Registration is free but places are limited. In order to register, please contact Dr Matteo Bonotti (

09:15 – 09:30 Welcome and opening remarks – Gregory Walker (UCL Institute of Education)

09:30 – 10:30 Chapter 1. ‘Liberal Egalitarianism and the Critique of Religion’
Commentator: Matteo Bonotti (Cardiff University)
Chair: Graeme Garrard (Cardiff University)

10:30 – 11:00 Tea and coffee break

11:00 – 12:00 Chapter 2. ‘Liberal Egalitarianism and the Exemptions Puzzle’
Commentator: Andrew Shorten (University of Limerick)
Chair: Tariq Modood (University of Bristol)

12:00 – 13:00 Chapter 4. ‘Disaggregating Religion in Nonestablishment of Religion: Defending Minimal Secularism’
Commentator: Russell Sandberg (Cardiff University)
Chair: Matteo Bonotti (Cardiff University)

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 15:00 Chapter 3. ‘Liberal Egalitarianism and the State Neutrality Puzzle’
Commentator: Lucy Vickers (Oxford Brookes University)
Chair: David Boucher (Cardiff University)

15:00 – 16:00 Chapter 5. ‘State Sovereignty and Freedom of Association’
Commentator: Peter Edge (Oxford Brookes University)
Chair: Carole Pateman (UCLA and Cardiff University)

16:00 – 16:30 Tea and coffee break

16:30 – 17:30 Chapter 6. ‘Disaggregating Religion in Freedom of Religion: Individual Exemptions and Liberal Justice’
Commentator: Jonathan Seglow (Royal Holloway, University of London)
Chair: Gideon Calder (Swansea University)

17:30 – 18:30 Cécile Laborde (University of Oxford) – Response to Commentators
Chair: Gregory Walker (UCL Institute of Education)

18:30 CLOSE

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