Lecture: Religion, Rights, and Recognition of Identity


Location: Hesburgh Center, Room C-103

M. Christian Green, visiting fellow, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies

From the “defamation of religions” dispute at the United Nations, to Muslim-Christian competition in Africa, to proposed accommodation of sharia law by the Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury, to ongoing debates in France over the veil as a threat to nationality and citizenship—many current disputes over religion and rights involve claims for recognition of identity at a time when both religion and identity are increasingly matters of choice.

What is at stake in these disputes over identity? How far should modern, secular democracies go in accommodating claims based on religious rights or religious identity? Do these particular claims threaten universal understandings of human rights? And how can understanding the nature and source of these claims prevent religious and other conflicts? These are key issues for contending modernities and human rights at the intersection of law and religion.

M. Christian Green was most recently the Alonzo L. McDonald Family Senior Lecturer and senior research fellow at the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University School of Law. Her research interests include law and religion, feminism and the family, human rights, comparative religious ethics, and religion and international affairs.

This event is free and open to the public.