Center for Law and Religion Announces Conference on State-Sponsored Religious Displays

The Center for Law and Religion at St. John’s School of Law and the Department of Law at the Libera Università Maria SS. Assunta (LUMSA) have announced an academic conference:

State-Sponsored Religious Displays in the U.S. and Europe

Taking place on Friday, June 22, 2012, the conference will bring together American and European law and religion scholars to discuss state-sponsored religious displays from a variety of perspectives. The conference proceedings will be in English and Italian with simultaneous translation. Selected papers will appear in a forthcoming issue of the Journal of Catholic Legal Studies.

Conference Introduction

  • Silvio Ferrari (University of Milan Department of Law)

Panel 1: Cultural or Religious? Understanding Symbols in Public Places

  • Thomas C. Berg (University of St. Thomas (Minnesota) School of Law)
  • Carlo Cardia (Roma Tre University Faculty of Law)
  • Eduardo Gianfrancesco (LUMSA Department of Law)
  • Francesco Margiotta Broglio (University of Florence Faculty of Political Science)

Panel 2: Lautsi v. Italy and the Margin of Appreciation

  • Monica Lugato (LUMSA Department of Law)
  • Marc O. DeGirolami (St. John’s School of Law)
  • W. Cole Durham, Jr. (Brigham Young University Law School)

Panel 3: State-Sponsored Religious Displays in Comparative Perspective

  • Hon. Diarmuid F. O’Scannlain (U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit)
  • Paolo Cavana (LUMSA Department of Law)
  • Mark L. Movsesian (St. John’s School of Law)
  • Sophie C. van Bijsterveld (Tilburg University School of Humanities)

Conference Conclusion

  • Giuseppe Dalla Torre (LUMSA Department of Law)

LUMSA, Complesso del Giubileo
via di Porta Castello, 44 – Roma

Please register to attend the conference by e-mail to

More Information
Monica Lugato | LUMSA Department of Law
Mark L. Movsesian | St. John’s School of Law

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