September 26 to 28, 2019

The Second International Conference on Buddhism and Law

Buddhism, Law and Society: Between Text and Context.

Join us for the Second International Conference on Buddhism and Law, September 26 to 29, 2019. Hosted by the journal Buddhism, Law & Society, this conference focuses on the many legal features of Buddhism, and how law and the state relate to Buddhist actors, institutions and texts. The conference will cover themes, such as: Buddhism and politics; current issues in implementing Buddhist religious values into legal systems; Buddhist law and constitutionalism in emerging democracies; legal aspects of different versions of the Vinayain Sanskrit, Pali and other vernacular sources; Buddhism and social policy; the relationship of Buddhism to religious education, criminal law, and property law; colonialism and its relationship to Buddhist law; and Buddhist legal processes, among many others. The conference is free and open to the public. We invite all persons interested in the topic to attend.


UB North Campus
509 O'Brian Hall 

September 26 to 28, 2019
Thursday to Saturday
(daily schedule forthcoming)


Rebecca Redwood French
UB School of Law, and Department of Anthropology



Buddhism, Law & Society is the first interdisciplinary academic journal to focus on Buddhist law and the relationship between Buddhism, law, and society.


 (Panelists as of July 2019; list subject to change; additional information forthcoming.)

  • Shayne Clarke, McMaster University
  • Christopher Emms, McMaster University
  • Annie Heckman, University of Toronto
  • Gerjan Altenburg, McMaster University
  • Vincent Tournier, École française d’Extrême-Orient
  • Petra Kieffer-Pülz, Academy of Sciences and Literature Mainz
  • Nicholas Witkowski, Nanyang Technological University
  • Fumi Yao, Waseda University
  • Rebecca Redwood French, University at Buffalo, School of Law
  • Jens Wilhelm Borgland, Uppsala University
  • Berthe Jansen, Leipzig University
  • Christian Lammerts, Rutgers University 
  • Mark Nathan, University at Buffalo, Department of History
  • Richard Whitecross, Edinburgh Napier University 
  • Bhikkhunī Dhammadinnā, Dharma Drum Institute of Liberal Arts
  • Ben Schonthal, University of Otago
  • Vesna A. Wallace, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Cuilan Liu, University of Toronto 
  • Tomas Larsson, University of Cambridge
  • Thomas Borchert, University of Vermont
  • Eugénie Mérieau, University of Göttingen
  • Nima Dorji, Jigme Singye Wangchuck School of Law