November 7, 2019 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Hogan Lovells
Atlantic House
Holborn Viaduct
London EC1A 2FG

A Fair Balance? Adjudicating on the interface between religious freedom and other rights


6.00pm – 7.30pm Thursday 7 November 2019    

(Registration from 5.45)

Hogan Lovells, Atlantic House, Holborn Viaduct, London EC1A 2FG



The Human Rights Lawyers Association is pleased to invite you to a panel discussion of the relationship between law, religion and human rights.


The panel will discuss the way in which the law balances the right to freedom of religion whilst also protecting other human and individual rights. Our speakers will focus on the latest developments in the field, speaking about their experiences of recent cases in which the courts were required to adjudicate on the boundaries of the right to religious freedom.


We will also be addressing the extent to which the state can legitimately interfere in citizens’ private practice of religion, in particular when doing so might be necessary to protect the rights of children.


A Q&A session will follow the panel discussion, allowing audience members to participate in the debate.


The panel will include: 

  • Aileen McColgan (Chair) (Barrister, 11KBW)

  • Sarah Hannett (Barrister, Matrix Chambers)

  • Rea Murray (Barrister, 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square)

  • Richard Scorer (Solicitor, Head of Abuse Law at Slater & Gordon; Vice President of the National Secular Society)

  • Alan Bates (Barrister, Monckton Chambers)


Attendance is free but please register by emailing administrator@hrla.org.uk. This promises to be a popular event, with previous HRLA events on religious rights attracting large audiences, so please register early to avoid disappointment.