Córdoba (Spain), 7-9 September 2020 Human Dignity, Law, and Religious Diversity: Designing the Future of Inter-Cultural Societies

Call for papers

The President and the Steering Committee of ICLARS are pleased to announce that the 6th ICLARS Conference will be held in Córdoba (Spain), from 7 to 9 September 2020. It will be organized by the Complutense University’s research group REDESOC (Religion, law and society), directed by Prof. Javier Martínez-Torrón, in collaboration with the University of Córdoba and other public and private institutions. This call can be freely circulated among all persons and institutions that may be interested in it.

The general theme of the conference is: Human Dignity, Law, and Religious Diversity: Designing the Future of Inter-Cultural Societies. The aim is to analyse how the notion of human dignity, which is the central axis of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948, can help create common ground between competing understandings of human rights. Human rights were conceived as an instrument to achieve social cohesion and harmony but have often become a battlefield for conflicting ethical and political positions. This betrays the very notion of human rights, which are universal by nature and should be aimed at uniting, not dividing, society.

Structure of the conference

During the three days of the conference, plenary sessions will be held in the morning. These will feature renowned scholars from diverse parts of the world, other legal actors (such as international and constitutional judges or persons involved in legislative/governmental activity), and representatives of the media and of civil society. Simultaneous interpretation (English/Spanish) will be available in all plenary sessions.

The afternoon/early evening will be devoted to concurrent or parallel sessions, which can be held in any of these five languages: English, Spanish, French, Italian and Portuguese (no interpretation will be provided for those sessions).Concurrent sessions will be organized along slots corresponding to five subthemes:

  • Legal, constitutional and international framework: various notions of state religious neutrality
  • Human Rights and religious traditions
  • Conflicts between law and freedom of conscience
  • Freedom of religion or belief and other fundamental freedoms
  • Designing the future: dignity, equality and religion
Proposals for papers and panels

Members of ICLARS and scholars from all over the world are cordially invited to submit proposals for papers or panels for the parallel sessions. The proposals must be related to one of the specific subjects listed below.

Individuals can make proposals for papers.

Institutions and research groups can make proposals for both papers and panels linked to the same specific subjects listed below. In the latter case, the proposing institution or research group —subject to the organizing committee’s approval— will design the subject of the panel and appoint the speakers. The proposing institution or research group will be mentioned as one of the conference sponsors provided it takes care of the registration fees and attendance of the speakers.

The deadline for responses to this first call for papers and panels is 30 November 2019. If there is still space available, a second call may be opened in January 2020.

Proposals should be formalized through this Submission Form: papers, panels

For any inquiries or doubts, please write to the following email address:

Specific subjects for papers or panels proposals
Proposals for panels or individual papers must refer, in principle, to one of the following specific subjects:
  1. Relationship between international and national jurisdictions
  2. The design of the public space
  3. Legal pluralism and jurisdictional boundaries state/religion
  4. Relationships between religious minorities and majorities
  5. Inter-religious dialogue
  6. Human dignity in and across religious traditions
  7. Crisis of majority churches or religions
  8. Religious heritage
  9. Marriage and family relationships
  10. Religious symbols
  11. Legal personality of religious or belief groups
  12. Places of worship and meeting
  13. Ministers of worship
  1. Freedom of religion or belief (FoRB) at the working place and the public service
  2. FoRB and the protection of human life
  3. Education and teaching
  4. Proselytism
  5. FoRB and private business
  6. FoRB and Freedom of Expression (including hate speech)
  7. FoRB and the right to the respect for private and family life
  8. Women’s rights
  9. FoRB and security
  10. Human dignity, FoRB, and new technologies
  11. FoRB, immigration and refugees
  12. FoRB and minors
  13. Best practices to protect and promote human dignity

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