Inspiring Women of ANU: Professor Pauline Ridge speaks on ‘The financing of religion’

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4.30–5.30pm Wednesday 31 October 2018

Hedley Bull Lecture Theatre Hedley Bull Centre, Building #130, Cnr Garran Rd & Liversidge St, ANU

Professor Pauline Ridge, ANU College of Law


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Presented by ANU Gender Institute

Inspiring Women of ANU - Inaugural lecture
Pauline Ridge

‘For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.’ 1 Timothy 6:10 (NIV Bible) The association of religion with wealth-generation can provoke strong feelings. Yet, as with other not for profit entities, it is legitimate and necessary for religious groups to fund their religious activities. An exploration of the legal questions raised by the financing of religion reveals universal themes concerning the right to freedom of religion and legal neutrality. These have private and public regulatory dimensions On the one hand, how far should the law intervene in relationships within a religious community? On the other hand, what is charity law’s proper role in mediating the symbiotic relationship between State and religion in which financial benefits are traded for regulatory power? In this lecture Professor Pauline Ridge will propose an interpretive legal theory project concerning the legal regulation of religious financing in all its manifestations.

This lecture is proudly brought to you by the ANU Gender Institute and the ANU College of Law.


  • Pauline Ridge »

    Professor Pauline Ridge is an internationally recognised private law scholar and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She researches in equity, restitution and contract law, and has a special interest in the legal regulation of religious financing. She co-edited Fault Lines in Equity (Hart Publishing, 2012) and is co-author of Accessories in Private Law (Cambridge University Press, 2015).Pauline has given interviews, written opinion pieces and made government submissions concerning the reform of religious charity law.





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