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2014 Gifford Lecture Series: University of Edinburgh

Event Date: 
Monday, May 19, 2014 -
17:30 to 18:30
St Cecilia’s Hall, Niddry Street, Cowgate, Edinburgh EH1 1NQ

Justice Catherine O’Regan will deliver her Gifford Lecture, "'What is Caesar’s'? Adjudicating faith in modern constitutional democracies".

Lecture Information

Courts in constitutional democracies face tough questions in developing a principled jurisprudence for the adjudication of claims based on faith.

This lecture will consider some of the recent jurisprudence from Europe, North America, India and South Africa and discuss key questions including whether it is possible to identify a principled basis for the adjudication of claims based on faith, whether cross-jurisdictional learning is possible and proper and whether different social, political and religious contexts should and do make a difference to answering these questions.

Lecturer Information

Justice Catherine O’Regan was appointed as judge to the newly formed South African Constitutional Court in 1994, serving the maximum term of 15 years. From 2008 to 2012, she was the inaugural chairperson of the United Nations Internal Justice Council, a body established to help ensure the independence, professionalism and accountability of the new system of internal justice within the United Nations. A member of the International Monetary Fund Administrative Tribunal since 2010, she was appointed as President in 2011.