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Buddhism, Constitutionalism and the Limits of Law

Buddhism, Constitutionalism and the Limits of Law
4700 Keele Street, Osgoode Law School, Room 2027
Time: Oct 5th, 12:30 pm End: Oct 5th, 2:00 pm
Interest Categories: South Asian, Religion, Study of (FAS), Political Science, Law, Faculty of , 2000-
Talk by Benjamin Schonthal

The Department for the Study of Religion presents

Buddhism, Constitutionalism and the Limits of Law

RSVP Required: www.bit.ly/osresearch, Event Code: LRST13

Like approximately half of the world's basic laws, Sri Lanka's constitution gives preferential status to the country's majority religion, Buddhism. While this arrangement seems to place public law in the service of Buddhism, what have been the actual, legal effects on the lives of individual Buddhists? This talk considers this question and uses Sri Lanka as a case study for thinking more bradly about the nature and effects of religious supremacy clauses in constitutions around the world.

Dr Schonthal is Senior Lecturer in Buddhism and Asian Religions at the University of Otago, in New Zealand. He teaches and writes about the intersections of religion, law and politics in South and Southeast Asia. His first book, Buddhism, Politics and the Limits of Law will appear with Cambridge University Press in October 2016.

This event is free and open to all. For further information, please contact the Department for the Study of Religion at 416-978-2395



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