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Read the report or watch the event 'How should a liberal democracy react to conscientious objection claims?'

03 March 2021

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PDF icon Report: How should a liberal democracy react to conscientious objection claims? PDF icon Panel One - Concepts of Conscience PDF icon Panel Two - Conscience in Legal Perspective: Challenges and Controversies PDF icon Panel Three - Theological and Religious Perspectives on Conscience PDF icon Panel Four - Reacting to Conscience Claims in the Public Square

Debate on conscientious objection from legal, philosophical, theological and religious perspectives, and finally a discussion on how legislators and governments in liberal democracies should react to claims of conscience. 

Read the report here or watch the panel sessions below.

Panel One - Concepts of Conscience

Chair: Professor Bert Gordijn, Dublin City University

Panellists:

  • Professor Kimberley Brownlee, The University of British Columbia
  • Dr Katherine Furman, University of Liverpool

 

Panel Two - Conscience in Legal Perspective: Challenges and Controversies 


Chair: Professor David Smith, RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences

Panellists:

  • Advocate General Gerard Hogan, Court of Justice of the European Union
  • Professor Ronan McCrea, University College London
  • Dr Regina McQuillan, St Francis Hospice

Panel Three - Theological and Religious Perspectives on Conscience


Chair:  Mary McAleese, MRIA, Professor of Children, Law and Religion, University of
Glasgow

Panellists:

  • Professor Linda Hogan, Trinity College Dublin
  • Professor David Albert Jones, The Anscombe Bioethics Centre
  • Professor David Novak, University of Toronto

Panel Four - Reacting to Conscience Claims in the Public Square 

Chair:  Mr Bryan Dobson, RTÉ

Panellists:

  • Dr John Adentire, Queen Mary University of London
  • Professor Fiona de Londras, University of Birmingham
  • Senator Michael McDowell, Houses of the Oireachtas
     

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