Book launch - Rights, Religious Pluralism and the Recognition of Difference

Date & time

4–5pm Friday 27 November 2015


Phillipa Weeks Staff Library, ANU College of Law, Building 5, Fellows Road, The Australian National University


Dr Dorota Gozdecka, Dr Nadirsyah Hosen and Dr Richard Mohr


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Join author and ANU Law lecturer Dr Dorota Gozdecka for the launch of her new book, Rights, Religious Pluralism and the Recognition of Difference, a book about human rights and their principles of interpretation being the leading legal paradigms of our time.

Also joining Dorota, will be Dr Nadirsyah Hosen from Monash University and Dr Richard Mohr from the Department of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Sydney. 

About the book

Human rights and their principles of interpretation are the leading legal paradigms of our time. Freedom of religion occupies a pivotal position in rights discourses, and the principles supporting its interpretation receive increasing attention from courts and legislative bodies.

This book critically evaluates religious pluralism as an emerging legal principle arising from attempts to define the boundaries of freedom of religion. It examines religious pluralism as an underlying aspect of different human rights regimes and constitutional traditions.

It is, however, the static and liberal shape religious pluralism has assumed that is taken up critically here. In order to address how difference is vulnerable to elimination, rather than recognition, the book takes up a contemporary ethics of alterity. More generally, and through its reconstruction of a more difference-friendly vision of religious pluralism, it tackles the problem of the role of rights in the era of diverse narratives of emancipation. 


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