Professor Brian Fitzgerald, Dean Thomas More Academy of Law invites you to attend a seminar: "Recent US and Australian cases on religious freedom.”
This two-hour seminar will discuss recent US and Australian cases on the protection of religious freedom and religious liberty.
Presented by Associate Professor Paul Babie & Associate Professor Patrick Quirk.
DATE: Wednesday 29 October 2014 TIME: 5.30pm to 7.30 pm VENUE: Australian Catholic University, Level 22 Tenison Woods House, 8-20 Napier Street, North Sydney.
Associate Professor Paul Babie will consider Australian cases dealing with section 116 of the Australian Constitution, the implied right to freedom of political expression, and religious exemptions from anti-discrimination legislation. In each area he will explore the ways in which the Australian courts protect religious freedom.
Associate Professor Patrick Quirk will consider the recent landmark US Supreme Court case of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby against the background of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), commonly know as “Obamacare”.
Rocco (Rocky) Mimmo (moderator)
Paul Babie is Associate Professor and Reader, Associate Dean of Law (Research), Adelaide Law School, Associate Dean (Research), Faculty of the Professions, and Director, Research Unit for the Study of Society, Law and Religion, at The University of Adelaide.He holds a BA in sociology and political science from the University of Calgary, a BThSt from Flinders University, a LLB from the University of Alberta, a LLM from the University of Melbourne, and a DPhil in law from the University of Oxford.
His primary research areas are legal theory, especially the nature and concept of property and the relationship between theology and law; he has published widely in both fields.He is a Barrister and Solicitor (Inactive) of the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta (Canada), and An Associate Member and a Member of the Property Law Committee of the Law Society of South Australia.He teaches property law, property theory, law and religion and Roman law.
Patrick Quirk is Associate Professor and Pro Bono Coordinator at Australian Catholic University Melbourne campus, and a tenured Associate Professor and former Academic Dean at Ave Maria School of Law in Naples, Florida, USA. He holds degrees in law and arts from the University of Queensland and a Master of Civil Laws from the University of Tübingen, Germany, which he completed by coursework and thesis (in German).
Following graduation, he was admitted to the Queensland Bar and practised as a solicitor at a large firm in Sydney. Patrick has also taught at Bond University Law School and the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. He teaches and writes on the Uniform Commercial Code, the law of electronic commerce and law & religion.
Rocco (Rocky) Mimmo (moderator)
Rocky is the founder and chairman of the Ambrose Centre for Religious Liberty. The Ambrose Centre is a human rights based organisation devoted to promoting the fundamental right to manifest religious beliefs and practices in the public arena. Rocky is a Sydney based lawyer. He has a Masters Degree in International Law from the University of NSW. His post graduate Masters studies included an emphasis on Human Rights Law.
He has devoted his adult life to working on social issues and running organisation attempting to influence public decision makers on critical moral social issues.