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Inaugural Lecture: The place of religion in English law, 30 Nov.

The relationship between law and religion is normally dynamic, complex and controversial. However, by the early decades of the 20th century, English law had largely reached a constitutional settlement which became invisible and assumed. This settlement was the result of earlier forms of Anglican establishment substantially renegotiated under the influence of ideas of liberty, equality and secularity. The recent expression of these ideas in legislation, in the context of the declining cultural presence of Christianity as well as the growing political significance of Islam, has resulted in several new challenges.

In his inaugural lecture Professor Rivers argues that, as a result, English law is once again in a process of fundamental constitutional change. In spite of its avowed intentions, there are signs that it is beginning to regulate religious belief and practice in ways that are both more intrusive and less tolerant.

The lecture will be held at 5.30pm on Monday, 30 November 2009, in the Reception Room, Wills Memorial Building.  All welcome.

Please contact Wendy Brett for further information.

Further information:

Professor Julian Rivers studied law at Cambridge and Gottingen Universities before becoming a lecturer at Bristol in 1993. His research interests lie mainly in the area of legal and constitutional theory, with a particular interest in the interplay between law and religion. He was awarded a doctorate in 2004 on the basis of his published work and is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Ecclesiastical Law Journal. He was appointed Professor of Jurisprudence in 2007.