This seminar is planned for the University of Kent (Keynes College Room KS14) on September 19, 2013 from 10am to 5pm (Coffee and Pastries from 9.30 am).
Private law is associated with the possibility of individual and group self regulation. It allows citizens to depart from and supplement public norms. Our focus in this seminar will be on the developing religious use of private law to depart from the norms of state family law. Should we be troubled by ‘privatized diversity’ and the spectre of ‘law without a state’? Does the emancipatory adage ‘from status to contract’ entirely capture the use of private law by minority groups to defend and sustain territory apart from the state? Does the channelling of religious disputes through private law depoliticize and marginalise them?
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