Global Lawyering Spotlight Lecture Series: Coronavirus and the Curtailment of Religious Freedom

Global Lawyering Spotlight Lecture Series: Coronavirus and the Curtailment of Religious Freedom


The Law School is sponsoring this free lecture on Monday, October 5 from 11:00 AM-12:30 PM ET (4:00 to 5:30 in London).

Every nation on earth has been touched by the impact of Covid-19, a deadly pandemic that has changed the manner in which we are governed and live our daily lives. This unique focus for this symposium will be the effect upon the enjoyment of religious liberty as a direct or indirect result of state responses to the threat posed to their citizens by the Coronavirus.

An introductory keynote presentation will be given by Professor Mark Hill QC, a distinguished expert in international religious liberty, followed by short responses from Professor Richard Garnett, Professor Stephanie Barclay, both of Notre Dame University, USA, and from Professor Arif Jamal of the National University of Singapore, and Dr Idowu Akinloye of Ajayi Crowther University, Nigeria.

The principal paper will outline the international norms for the enjoyment of the qualified right to freedom of religion, emphasising how the qualifications have been narrowly drawn and strictly interpreted.  It will then examine how the Coronavirus emergency has led to the re-drawing of the proportionality balance between religious liberty on the one hand and public health on the other. In particular it will consider:

·         The constitutionality of restrictions imposed by government on movement and association
·         The prohibition of public worship and other forms of religious observance
·         The extent to which religious organisations may have been complicit in curtailing their own freedom liberties
·         Judicial oversight of government action and the waning of any doctrine of deference

Professor Hill will draw upon emergent case law from British and European Courts in which the balance to be drawn between the enjoyment of rights and the public good have been discussed, and the extent to which trends are discernible as greater expert knowledge has emerged. The other speakers will pick up these themes from North American, Asian and African perspectives.


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