Professor Richard Garnett, Director of the Law School's Program on Church, State & Society, participated in a recent conference at Princeton University, sponsored by the Program in Law and Public Affairs, on "Religion, Rights, and Institutions." The event brought together scholars from a variety of disciplines and focused on how "institutional design, of both religions and political regimes, affects the relationship between religious practice and activity and human rights. It examined how the internal organization (formal and informal structures and rules) of religions and religious communities affect the rights of members of religious communities and the functioning of religion as a source of human rights. And, it investigated the scope of, and limits upon, a just state’s authority to compel changes in the internal aspects of organized religion in the name of human rights.
Professor Garnett presented a paper entitled "Religious Accommodations, Civil Rights, and Pluralism." More information on the event is available here: http://lapa.princeton.edu/