Thursday, 11 February 2021 - Royal Irish Academy - How should a liberal democracy react to conscientious objection claims?

Four panel sessions of an informed debate on conscientious objection from legal, philosophical, theological and religious perspectives, and finally

a discussion on how legislators and governments in liberal democracies should react to claims of conscience.


Online event

Thursday, 11 February 2021

14:00–18:15 GMT


Certificates of attendance for Law Society of Ireland CPD Scheme will be provided

Places are free—booking is essential—all welcome

More information and booking here



Concepts of Conscience

Conscience in Legal Perspective: Challenges and Controversies

Theological and Religious Perspectives on Conscience

Reacting to Conscience Claims in the Public Square



Mr Bryan Dobson, presenter of the RTÉ Radio News at One

Professor Bert Gordijn, Director of the Institute of Ethics, Dublin City University

Dr Mary McAleese, Professor of Children, Law and Religion, University of Glasgow

Professor David Smith, Healthcare Ethics, RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences



Dr John Adenitire, Queen Mary, University of London

Professor Kimberley Brownlee, The University of British Columbia

Professor Fiona de Londras, University of Birmingham

Dr Katherine Furman, University of Liverpool

Advocate General Gerard Hogan, Court of Justice of the European Union

Professor Linda Hogan, Trinity College Dublin

Professor David Albert Jones, The Anscombe Bioethics Centre

Professor Ronan McCrea, University College London

Senator Michael McDowell, Houses of the Oireachtas

Dr Regina McQuillan, St Francis Hospice

Professor David Novak, University of Toronto


Online event on

Thursday, 11 February 2021 at 14:00 GMT

All welcome

More information and booking here


Certificates of attendance for Law Society of Ireland CPD Scheme will be provided