The Manifestation of Religion or Belief in the Public Sphere

admin - 12th June 2014

The University of Oxford Faculty of Law, in partnership with the Centre for Policy and Research on Turkey, is hosting a one-day symposium entitled The Manifestation of Religion or Belief in the Public Sphere.


Date – Saturday 14 June

Time – 10:30-15:15

Venue – Cube Lecture Theatre, Faculty of Law, St. Cross Building, OX1 3UL

The freedom of thought, conscience and religion is the fundamental value of a democratic society. Turkey and the United Kingdom (UK) acknowledge this freedom through numerous international and regional treaty commitments in principle. However, the implementation of this freedom in relation to the manifestation of religion or belief in the public sphere has been challenging as new political and social realities call for deeper understandings and more exacting implementation. Panellists will explore the understanding of two vital international organisations – the Human Rights Committee and the European Court of Human Rights – in relation to this topic. In addition, there will be a comparative analysis of Turkey and the UK.

This symposium includes a number of distinguished speakers and chairs: Dr. Nazila Ghanea; Dr. Peter Petkoff; Dr. Michael Wiener; Mr. Juris Rudevskis; Ms. Mine Yıldırım; Dr. Erica Howard; Dr. Özgür H. Çınar and Mr. Ümit Sönmez.


This event is free. However, it requires a pre-registration for participation. Please contact

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