Group Autonomy and Its Critics


Human Rights Perspectives

lørdag 8. desember 2012, kl. 09:00

Sal: Amalie Skram

Arrangør: Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, UiO

Inngang: Gratis

Are group rights of indigenous peoples and faith communities threatening the rights of women and sexual minorities? This is a main question at the international, interdisciplinary conference taking place 7th and 8th December as a part of the 25th anniversary of the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights.

Conference is open to public. For registration, please send an email to

Day 2: Saturday, 8 December 2012
SESSION 2 (Part II):
Are Group Autonomy Rights Bad for Women and Sexual Minorities? Dilemmas and Conflicts
Case Study 4:
Self-Determination of Faith Communities: Compatible with Women’s Equal Rights in Marriage and Divorce?
Moderator: Oddbjørn Leirvik
09:00 – 09:45
Muslim Women’s Rights and Sharia Councils in Western Contexts
John R. Bowen
Islamic Jurisprudence Facing Local Context: A Fatwa on Marriage in France
Lena Larsen
Anne Hellum
09:45 – 10:45
Plenary Discussion
10:45 – 11:00
Coffee Break
Case Study 5:
Women’s Equal Rights vs. Group Autonomy Rights
Moderator: Helga Fastrup Ervik
11:00 – 11:45
Dynamics of Culture and Human Rights of North American Indigenous Women
Dalee Sambo Dorough
Indigenous Women in Latin America: Autonomy Rights and Gender Justice
Rachel Sieder
Authority and Authenticity: Sharia Councils, Muslim Women’s Rights, and the English Courts
Shaheen Sardar Ali
11:45 – 12:45
Plenary Discussion
12:45 – 14:00
Lunch Break
Manifestation of Group Commitments and Practices in the Public Sphere
Case Study 6:
May Religious Tenets of Faith Communities be Deployed in Democratic Politics? On the Contested Legitimacy of Political Arguments not Based on “Civic Reason”
Moderator: Cora Alexa Døving
14:00 – 14:45
Explaining and Defending the Idea of “Civic Reason and Civic Reasoning”: Why State Regulation of Political Discourse is Required in Multi-Religious Societies
Abdullahi An-Na’im
Regulation of Religious Argument in Democratic Politics and An-Na’im’s “Islam and the Secular State: Negotiating the Future of Shari’a”: A Critique on Shared Grounds
Tore Lindholm
Civic Reason and Civic Reasoning: Legitimate Regulation in a Secular Democracy?
Helge Høibraaten
14:45 – 15:45
Plenary Discussion
15:45 – 16:00
Coffee Break
Case Study 7:
To What Extent are National and Other Minorities’, and Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Respected in School Education on Language and Culture?
Moderator: Maria Lundberg
16:00 – 16:45
Integration vs. Minority rights? Language and Education in Macedonia
Ilze Brands Kehris
Challenges to Bilingual Education for Ethnic Minorities in China
Koenraad Wellens
A Case Study on Education of Sami Culture in Norwegian Schools
Hadi Strømmen Lile
16:45 – 17:45
Plenary Discussion
17:45 – 18:00
Closing Remark
Asbjørn Eide
19:00 – 22:00
Dinner (by invitation only)