In her inaugural lecture – titled An (old) brave new world: Religion and human rights in international law in the 21st Century – Anat Scolnicov, Professor of Law at the University of Winchester, explores how international and state law can protect human rights within multi-religious and non-religious societies.
“The conflict between sovereign states, the global community and religions over the protection of human rights is one of the greatest challenges facing the international community today,” said Professor Scolnicov, an expert on religious freedom whose work on religious equality and discrimination has been cited by the Supreme Court of Israel. “In my lecture, I propose a unified legal approach across different states, cultures and religions, drawing on a wide range of examples.”
Discussing gender discrimination, the protection of women's rights, the rights of religious minorities and education in schools and universities, Professor Scolnicov examines the role of domestic courts and international institutions in resolving international religious and human rights conflicts.
Professor Scolnicov, who holds a PhD from the London School of Economics, has previously taught law at the University of Cambridge and in Israel. Prior to this, she has been an attorney for the Association for Civil Rights in Israel – specialising in freedom of speech, freedom of information, privacy and freedom of religion and conscience; participated in a United Nations expert group on the rights of religious minorities; and advised Non-Governmental Organisations in several countries on religious freedom.
“The themes of my lecture reflect my previous work, research and studies and I hope to share my areas of expertise – including feminist legal theory, law and religion – with staff, students and members of the community,” added Professor Scolnicov.
An (old) brave new world: Religion and human rights in international law in the 21st Century takes place at 6pm on Wednesday 17 February at The Stripe, King Alfred Campus, University of Winchester, Sparkford Road, Winchester, Hampshire SO22 4NR. Places are free and all are welcome. For more information please visit www.winchester.ac.uk/anat