May 27, 2011 09:18 Age: 3 yrs

Ahdieh Speaks at Recent International Conferences

Robert B. Ahdieh, professor of law, associate dean of faculty and director of the Center on Federalism and Intersystemic Governance, recently participated in several international speaking engagements.

On May 5-7, Ahdieh participated in a conference on "The Emerging Constitution in Nepal," held in Kathmandu, Nepal. He was one of 11 international experts from Australia, Canada, India, Spain, South Africa and the United States invited to address and advise the Constitutional Assembly on selected themes pertinent to a new constitution for Nepal, including forms of government, federalism, the judiciary and human rights issues focused on women's rights and secularism. Ahdieh delivered contributions on the judiciary, human rights and secularism, federalism and right of land and natural heritage of indigenous and local communities. Following the conference, Ahdieh and five of the international experts met with Nepal President Dr. Ram Baran Yared to inform him of the outcome of deliberations on the different themes on the agenda.

On May 9, Ahdieh spoke at a one-day international symposium on "Religion and Governance in a Secular State" at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies of Amity University in Uttar Pradesh, near Delhi, India. He deliversed a paper on "Sovereignty of Religious Institutions in a Secular State: The South African Experience." He noted, among other things, that South Africa is not a secular state but a religiously neutral state: it actively promotes religion but does so without preferring one religion over the other.

On May 26, Ahdieh delivered the annual H.L. Swanepoel Lecture at the University of the North-West, Potchefstroom Campus on "The Right to Self-Determination of Etnic, Religious and Linguistic Communities in South Africa."

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