An (old) brave new world: Religion and human rights in international law in the 21st Century
Reconciling the conflict between sovereign states, the international community, and religions over the protection of human rights is one of the greatest challenges facing the international community today.
The conflict between state authority and religious influence has historical roots, but raises novel, and ever more complex, legal questions in the new global society.
Proposing a unified legal approach across different states, cultures and religions, in this inaugural lecture, Prof. Scolnicov will ask how international law, as well as state law, can rise to the challenge of upholding protection of human rights within multi-religious (as well as non-religious) societies.
Drawing on examples ranging from gender discrimination and protection of the rights of women, to the rights of religious minorities, to education in schools and universities, this lecture will examine the role both domestic courts and international institutions can play in resolving this conflict.
Before joining academia, Anat was an attorney for Association for Civil Rights in Israel working on civil rights legislation with a specialization in freedom of speech, freedom of information, privacy and freedom of religion and conscience. Anat has advised NGOs on religious freedom, participated in a UN expert group on the rights of religious minorities and has been cited twice by the Supreme Court of Israel.
As well as being a member of the Israel Bar. She was the Director of Studies in Law and College Lecturer in Law at Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge University and Deputy Director of the Centre for Public Law at Cambridge University. She has lectured on civil liberties in England and Wales, human rights law, women and the law and public law.
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