Vårkonferens 2018 - Svenska nätverket för europarättsforskning


The Swedish Network for European Legal Studies (SNELS) is holding its annual conference on April 9-10 in Stockholm, Sweden. The theme of the conference is “Freedom to and Freedom from Religion: the Rule of Law in the European Democratic State”. 

The conference is organized by The Swedish Network for European Legal Studies (SNELS) that represents the legal branch of the Swedish Networks for European Research (in economy, social science and law). The SNELS’s steering group includes representatives from the Swedish universities of Stockholm, Gothenburg, Lund, Uppsala, Umeå and Örebro. By joining forces the universities have, for over a decade, supported European legal research. The Network’s annual conferences aim at stimulating the interaction between academics, practitioners and the public in the area of European law in Sweden.

This year’s Spring conference is planned to cover the sensitive topics of freedom of religion in a European context and some of the very important legal disputes in this area on a European level, as well as on a national level. As is well-known, the disputes have raised questions about the role of religion in democratic, both secular and non-secular, states. Questions that will be addressed during the conference concern i.e. the interpretation of the concept of ‘religion’ and how this interpretation depends on traditions, culture and historical experiences. Another aspect that will be addressed is the fact that the interpretation has shown to be depending on the view on religious minorities, the actual context and the present political situation both in the European states and in the world of today. In this context important issues have arisen about what should be the role of the courts and to what extent they should interfere.

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Registration for the conference can be made at www.snef.se

Conference organizers:

Professor Antonina Bakardjieva Engelbrekt, Stockholm University

Chair, Swedish Network for European Legal studies

Senior Lecturer Hedvig Bernitz, Stockholm University

Senior Lecturer Victoria Enkvist, Uppsala University

Contact: SNEL’s coordinator Marie Kagrell, marie.kagrell@juridicum.su.se