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ASSET : “Re-thinking Rights in a Plural Society”

ASSET – Alta Scuola Società Economia Teologia is behind the International Summer School “Re-thinking Rights in a Plural Society”, scheduled for 6 to 10 September 2010, in Venice (Giorgio Cini Foundation).



The ASSET Summer School focuses on the urgent need to re-think civil, political, social and religious rights and liberties at both the individual and universal levels in order to understand humanity’s future in a plural and post-secular society.


The initiative provides a venue for scientific communication and high level training for academics, business people and public administrators (justice, health care, education).


The event will be conducted primarily through lectures, offered by internationally known scholars like James Q. Withman (Ford Foundation Professor of Comparative and Foreign Law at the Yale Law School), Robert P. George (director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions and McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University), Maurizio Sacconi (Italian Minister of Labour, Health and Social Policies) and Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im (Candler Professor of Law at the Emory University School of Law in Atlanta). Afternoons will include discussions in which participants will present their papers on topics proposed by each panel:


- “new rights” in the public space of Western democracies;


- the right to work in the age of globalisation;


- defining new rights in today’s bio-ethical debate;


- Islamic law and secular societies;


- the human person between individual and society, what place for human rights?



Course accredited by the Venice Bar Association.



A certificate of attendance will be issued at the end of the course.



For more information about the programme, registration and fees, see