Secularism – Judges and the Law

Start Date: Thursday, November 08, 2012
End Date: Friday, November 09, 2012
Category: Society Issues
Venue: ENM Paris
Country: France
Leading organisation: ENM (French National School for the Judicary)
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Language(s): French
Training level:
Target audience:
Participants(EJTN): 5
Contact: Anthony Manwaring
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Contact phone: +33 144419954

Course Description

Although secularism appears to be a simple issue, in so far as the public is aware of its existence and its value is acknowledged, it often inspires passionate debates as soon as, over and above the cases that attract media attention, it challenges other freedoms and fundamental principles, such as the freedom of expression, freedom of religion, freedom of conscience, respect for privacy, freedom to marry, the principle of neutrality, etc. In the context of a multicultural society characterised by religious pluralism, judges operating in various fields (employment and welfare law, personal rights, family rights, etc), who must refer to national and international provisions, sometimes regulated by European case law, may have cause to think about the scope of secularism and its vulnerability to attack.

This course is multidisciplinary. It will give speakers and participants an opportunity to discuss their ideas and interpretation of secularism, in order to define its meaning and scope, with respect to both the legal dimension and the underlying principles.