The most recent Inform Seminar, How Minority Religions React to the Law, in conjunction with the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, King’s College, London, took place on Saturday 1st June, 10am-5pm at Bush House, Lecture Theatre 1, King’s College, London, 30 Aldwych, London, WC2B 4BG.


10.00-10.10           Welcome

10.10-10.35           Eileen Barker, FAcSS, FBA, OBE, Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the London School of Economics - Introduction to How Minority Religions React to the Law

10.35-11.00         Eric Roux, President of the Union of Churches of Scientology of France and Vice President of the European Office of the Church of Scientology for Public Affairs and Human Rights – Scientology Behind the Scene: the Law Changer

11.00-11.25         Effie Fokas, PhD, Senior Research Fellow at the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP), host institution to the Grassrootsmobilise project - The legal status of religious minorities: exploring the impact of the European Court of Human Rights 

11.25-11.55           Coffee  

11.55-12.20          Susan Palmer, Professor and Director of SSHRC Insight research project, ‘Children in Sectarian Religions and State Control’ at McGill University's School of Religious Studies - The Trials of the Old Order Mennonites of Manitoba, 2013-2016:  From Child Abuse Investigations to the Transformation of a Community

12.20-12.45          Peter Zoehrer, Secretary General of FOREF Europe (Forum for Religious Freedom) and a member of the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification – Big Fish Eats Little Fish” or “Why Religious Minorities are Still a Soft Target in the Marketplace of World Views”

12.45-13.10           Aliyah Saleem, co-founder of Faith to Faithless and member of Humanists UK – title tbc

13.10-14.10           Lunch

14.10-14.35           Rin Ushiyama, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Sociology, University of Cambridge - Reactions by Aum Shinrikyō’s successor organisations to legal challenges

14.35-15.00           Ringo Ringvee, PhD, Religious Affairs Department of the Estonian Ministry of the Interior - Stand Up for Your Rights: (Minority) Religions' reactions to the Law in Estonia

15.00-15.30           Tea

15.30-15.55           Jason Wise, J.D., lawyer and a Jehovah’s Witness – Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Law - ‘Caesar’s Things to Caesar, but God’s Things to God’

15.55-16.45           Panel