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Law and Religion

Below you will find the description of all the events listed chronologically as they will take place.


Religious Law and Human Rights

Monday, October 10, 2011, 12.00–13.30, Žofín Palace, Conference Hall
Participants: Prince El Hassan bin Talal, Michael Melchior, Václav Malý, Geshe Tenzin Dhargye
The personal faith of the individual and the laws of the religious community are essential elements of all world religions. The modern concept of human rights emerged from the intellectual traditions of the Abrahamic religions. Despite this, religious laws and public law often come into conflict with individual rights. In addition to cases where individuals have been oppressed by the religious establishment, there are also documented cases where people have been persecuted for deciding to renounce or change their religion.
  • In what way do various religious traditions address the balance between the laws of the religious community and the rights of the individual? Where does conflict arise most frequently between them and what are the causes?
  • What attitudes do individual religions have towards the modern concept of human rights?
  • How to prevent a situation when the practice of individual’s faith is reduced to simply following sections of religious law?


Religion, Ethics and Law

Tuesday, October 11, 2011, 10.00–11.30, Žofín Palace, Forum Hall
Participants: Jiří Pehe, Vartan Gregorian, Günter Virt, Mark L. Movsesian, Tomáš Halík, William Cook
“Although religion, law and morals can be separated, they are nevertheless still very much dependent on each other. Without religion there can be no morality and without morality there can be no law.” Lord Alfred Denning
The legal tradition of Western civilization developed from the ethical principles of Judaism and Christianity. Along with the process of secularization, it seems as if law and ethics are becoming more and more distant as the philosophy of law and legal practice separate gradually from their ethical bases. Media and public discussion continue to draw attention to the increasing disproportion between the legality and morality of behavior in the business and the public sphere. The resolution of legal disputes focuses in many cases solely on the legal issues without taking into account the moral context.
  • Is this a global problem or a Western one?
  • What is the situation like in civilizations of other religious traditions?
  • Is it connected to the deepening secularization of Western society or are there different causes?
  • What are the perspectives of this trend and how can we face the negative consequences?


Religious and Secular Law

Tuesday, October 11, 2011, 16.15–17.30, Žofín Palace, Knight´s Hall
Participants: Anna Teresa Arco, Luboš Kropáček, Mark L. Movsesian, Ivana Hrdličková


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