This year’s Church of Ireland Theological lecture at Queen’s will be delivered by Professor Julian Rivers, Professor of Jurisprudence at the University of Bristol.
The lecture will be held in Queen’s University’s Riddel Hall on Tuesday March 20 at 6pm.
Professor Rivers is an expert in the field of religion and law, having written and spoken extensively on the increasing number of issues pertinent to people of faith that interface, and at times may conflict with, the interests of secular law.
To that end, he will be lecturing on, ‘Religion, Equality and the Constitution,’ considering subjects extremely current to UK society, and bringing clarity as to the legal aspects of familiar topical questions.
Professor Rivers writes: “In this lecture I will consider examples of new legal tensions between religion and equality. When are we right to insist on the requirements of equality even in the face of deeply-held moral or social convictions to the contrary? When can the claims of religion justify a departure from principles of equality? If equality has, in some sense, become a fundamental constitutional requirement, what does this ‘equality’ mean and require of us? And if there is a balance to be struck, is the law helping us to get that balance right?”
Follow this link for tickets (which are free) but those planning to attend are asked to register in advance.
Professor Rivers will introduce his talk as follows: