Webinar – Religion and Marriage Law: The Need for Reform

8 JULY 2021, 17:30 – 19:00

Professor Russell Sandberg’s new book Religion and Marriage Law: The Need for Reform, published by Bristol University Press in July 2021, argues that marriage law in England and Wales is in desperate need of reform.

Current laws indirectly discriminate against some religious groups by requiring religious weddings to take place in a registered place of religious worship in order to be legally binding. The law also provides no means by which weddings conducted by non-religious organisations (such as Humanists UK) or by independent celebrants can be legally binding in their own right.

Professor Sandberg’s book distils the complicated and confusing legal framework and argues the need for reform, suggesting how a new law on adult intimate relationships could be developed

The Ecclesiastical Law Society is hosting a zoom webinar on the subject of Religion and Marriage Law: The Need for Reform, when an expert panel will mark the launch of the book. The discussants will be:

– Professor Gillian Douglas, formerly Dean of the Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College, London

– Baroness Hale of Richmond, formerly President of the United Kingdom Supreme Court

– Professor Jane Mair, Professor of Private Law, University of Glasgow

Moderator: Professor Mark Hill QC, Former Chairman, Ecclesiastical Law Society

This Zoom webinar is open to members and non-members and is free of charge.

Please book through the website – Booking closes 24 hours before the event.

Zoom invitations will be sent out by email to those who have booked on the evening before the event

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