London, October 17 - Seminar - ICLARS - London School of Economics
I'm forwarding you the relevant information about the Autumn Seminar on "Children, Minority Religions, and the Law" that will be held at the London School of Economics on October 17, 2015.
INFORM AUTUMN SEMINAR
Children, Minority Religions, and the Law
Date - Saturday, 17 October 2015; 9.30am – 4.30pm
Location – Clement House, London School of Economics
Registration is now open and can be done using a credit/debit card through PayPal or by posting a booking form and a cheque payable to 'Inform' to Inform, Houghton St., London WC2A 2AE. Tickets (including buffet lunch, coffee and tea) paid by 28 September 2015 are £38 each (£18 students/unwaged). Tickets booked after 28 September 2015 will cost £48 each (£28 students/unwaged).
What is in the best interests of a child?
All states who are members of the UN (except the United States) have ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989), which requires the State to act in the best interest of the child. Since ratification, there have been several occasions when States have intervened in what was perceived as infringement of the well-being and/or rights of children living in religious communities. But have these states (or their local authorities) acted in the best interest of the child?
While there are documented cases where children have been neglected and/or harmed when raised within religious communities (both new and old), some minority religions argue that what society proposes (in its culture, education, medical provisions) is not at all in the best interest of the child, and aim to protect their children from such negative influences. Who should decide on what is in a child’s best interest? In this seminar we will concentrate on legal issues surrounding children in minority religious communities, from a variety of perspectives.
9.30 - 10.00 REGISTRATION
10.00 - 10.15 Eileen Barker (Founder and Honorary Research Fellow, Inform) Welcome
10.15 - 10.40 Amanda van Eck (Deputy Director, Inform) Introduction
10.40 - 11.05 Heiner Bielefeldt (UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief) Religious Socialization in Light of Article 14 of the Conventions on the Rights of a Child
11.05 – 11.30 Alain Garay (Lawyer in Paris, France) Children, Minority Religions and the European Court of Human Rights Case Laws
11.30 – 11.55 TEA/COFFEE
11.55 – 12.20 Jean Swantko Wiseman (Twelve Tribes lawyer since 1983, USA) Germany to Twelve Tribes Parents: You can Get Your Children Back if You Leave Twelve Tribes
12.20 – 12.45 Tony Brace (Legal Department, Watch Tower Society) Jehovah’s Witnesses: Children, Blood Transfusions and the Law (Who Holds the Key or Controls the ‘Flack Jacket’?)
12.45 - 13.45 LUNCH
13.45 - 14.10 Roger Kiska (Senior Counsel, Deputy Director, ADF International) Judicial Dogmatism: Home Education and the Rise of Humanist Statism in Europe
14.10 - 14.35 David Waldock Reflections on a Tennis Shoe
14.35 - 15.00 TEA/COFFEE
15.00 - 15.25 Anat Scolnicov (University of Winchester) Children, Family and Community - A Clash of Rights?
15.25 – 15.50 Lorraine Derocher
15.50 – 16.30 GENERAL PANEL DISCUSSION
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