Text, Doctrine and Tradition in Law and Religion

The South Australian Chapter of the Australian Association of Constitutional Law (AACL) and the Research Unit for the Study of Society, Law and Religion (RUSSLR) are proud to host


We inhabit different normative universes. We traverse different symbolic worlds. Symbolic worlds help us to orient ourselves within the flux of experience and supply us with coherent normative universes within which we can meaningfully live. Our symbolic worlds are constructed by our discourses – by the way we talk, argue and reason among ourselves about our norms and their meaning. Law and religion are the exemplars of symbolic worlds which are sustained by our legal and religious discourses. This presentation will focus on the legal discourse of constitutionalism within a common law system and the religious discourse of Western Christianity. It aims to probe and penetrate these discourses in order to understand their modes of operation. How are they structured? More specifically, what are their constitutive elements, and how are their constitutive elements related?

Presented by:

Joshua Neoh
Lecturer, University of Adelaide


The Hon. David Bleby QC
Former Justice of the Supreme Court of South Australia and
Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Adelaide

Rev Dr Michael Trainor AM
Senior Lecturer in Biblical Studies at Flinders University and
Catholic Theological College of SA

5:30-7pm, Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Venue: Moot Court, Adelaide Law School, Ligertwood Building, University of Adelaide

Members and non-members welcome.

GDLP students will receive credit for attendance towards GDLP requirements (subject to application to the Law Society). Attendance at this seminar may be recognised for MCPD purposes.

 RSVP by Monday, 13 August to Gabrielle Appleby by email (

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