Buddhism, Constitutionalism and the Limits of the Law

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Osgoode Colloquium on Law, Religion, & Social Thought

Presented in Association with: RPS Religion in the Public Sphere, Department for the Study of Religion University of Toronto, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University:

Benjamin Schonthal: Buddhism, Constitutionalism and the Limits of Law

October 5, 12:30 – 2pm, Room 2027, Ignat Kaneff Building, York University 

Like approximately half of the worlds basic laws, Sri Lanka’s constitution gives preferential status the the country’s majority religion, Buddhism. While this argument seems to place public law in the service of Buddhism, what have ben 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 broadly about the nature and effects of religious supremacy clauses in constitutions around the world.

Ben 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.

 RSVP at www.osgoode.yorku.ca/research/rsvp

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