The Modern State & the Kingdom of God

The following conference announcement comes from our friends at the Las Casas Institute for Ethics, Governance, and Social Justice here in Oxford:

The Modern State and the Kingdom of God
29th October 2011
This one-day colloquium will draw together lawyers, politicians, and theologians. We will examine key features of the modern state, the rule of law and the participation of the people, as we seek to understand the state and interpret it through the lens of the kingdom of God.

Morning: The Law and the Modern State

Talk 1: The Rule of Law – Prof. Julian Rivers
Talk 2: Rights and Duties – Prof. Christopher McCrudden
Talk 3: A Theological Response – Dr Joan Lockwood O’Donovan

Afternoon: Participation and Representation in the Modern State

Talk 4: Civil Society
Talk 5: Building Democracy – Dr Jon Cruddas M.P.
Talk 6: Theological Response – Prof. Bernd Wannenwetsch

Organization for this event is led by the Halley-Stewart scholars Robert Heimburger and Marcos Medina. The colloquium will run from 9.30am to 5pm, and attendance will be by invitation. Registration (to cover buffet lunch): £10 waged; £5 student/unwaged. To request an invitation, please email