UCL Faculty of Laws


Dr Hunter-Henin discusses new book, Why Religious Freedom Matters for Democracy, in BACL webinar

10 September 2020

Dr Hunter-Henin delivered an online presentation and responded to comments about her newly published book, Why Religious Freedom Matters for Democracy: Comparative Reflections from Britain and France for a Democratic “Vivre Ensemble”, Hart, Comparative Public Law Series, 2020.

Dr Myriam Hunter-Henin

Dr Myriam Hunter-Henin, Reader in Law and Religion and Comparative Law at UCL Lawspresented the ‘democratic’ approach put forward in her book in order to help judges decide controversial cases involving religious freedom under a paradigm of an inclusive secularism.

The event, chaired by Dr Uta Staiger (European Institute, UCL), involved subsequent comments from the following discussants: Professor Stéphanie Hennette-Vauchez (Paris Nanterre), Professor Philippe Marlière (UCL) and Professor Colm O’Cinneide (UCL).

A stimulating debate issued as to the role of courts in democracy, the meaning of a secularist approach to religion, the tensions between the paradigm of inclusion and the populist militant narratives surrounding secularism, the similarities and differences between the role of values in Britain and France, the scope of French laïcité, the tensions between a deliberative contextual approach to democracy and a strict judicial proportionality test, to name but a few of the topics.

A recording of the event is available to view now on the BACL (British Association of Comparative Law) website.