Freedom of Religion and Church State Relations in Hungary - The State of Play After the Fourth Amendment of the Fundamental Law

Date: 
June 7, 2013 - 09:00
Building: 
Nador u. 9, Faculty Tower
Room: 
Popper Room
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CEU host unit(s): 
Department of Legal Studies

A panel discussion of issues surrounding church-state relations in Hungary, followed by a conference devoted to discussion freedom of religion and non-discrimination, was held at Central European University, Budapest, Hungary, 7-8 June 2013. The events were organized by the International Center for Law and Religion Studies, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University, United States and Central European University, Department of Legal Studies , Hungary. Both events took place in the Popper Room, Nador u. 9, Monument Building, CEU.

The morning of Day One featured two panel discussions on Freedom of Religion and Church State Relations in Hungary: The State of Play After the Fourth Amendment of the Fundamental Law. The first panel (9:00 am), "Freedom of Religion and Church State Relations: The Old and the New Legislative Framework", was chaired by Renáta Uitz (CEU Legal Studies), with panelists Balázs Schanda (Péter Pázmány Catholic University, Faculty of Law), Csaba Tordai (attorney at law), and Benedek Varsányi (Constitutional Court, Hungary). The second panel, "The Broader Constitutional Framework: The Fundamental Law and Its Fourth Amendment", chaired by W. Cole Durham, Jr. (International Center for Law and Religion Studies, Brigham Young University, USA), featured panelists Pál Sonnevend (Loránd Eötvös University, Faculty of Law), Kriszta Kovács (Post-doctoral Fellow, CoPolis Program, University of Trento), and Zoltán Miklósi (CEU Political Science).

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