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INEX-Talk: "Why is Religion so special for the Law? Is it really?"

Lecture by Dr. Vanja-Ivan Savić (University of Zagreb)

Date: 30.05.2016, 18:30 Uhr

Place: Seminarraum 1, Schenkenstraße 8-10, 1010 Wien

In this lecture, Vanja Savić deals with the special position of religion  in the legal systems of the world. Starting from the dramatic “Multani Case” (Canada) which caused lively debate around the world, the level of protection religion and religious expression, as a human right should have will be discussed.

Here, the complex issue of clashes between different human rights (e.g.
security vs. religious freedom). A second example will be the regulation
of public order and morals trough constitutional law. Vaja Savić will demonstrate how various different religious communities engaged in an initiative in order to secure a traditional position of family in the Croatian referendum case on marriage. Here, the public order and morals were negotiated in legal terms. Drawing on empirical examples, this lecture aims to discuss the particular relation of religion and law in different regions of the world.


Dr. Vanja-Ivan Savić is Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Law and
Head of Department for Legal Theory. His area of expertise includes
legal theory, theory of law and state, law and religion, corporate criminal law and human rights. With research and teaching experience form international
institutions such as University of Edinburgh, Northwestern University and De Paul University Vanja Savic is a renowned expert in the field of legal theory
and religion.

His research focus on Croatia as well as Bosnia and Herzegowina is
closely connected to the role of law as facilitator of peaceful
cohabitation and tool for achieving peace in diverse societies.

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