CFP> Third International Conference on Buddhism and Law, Sept. 29 to Oct. 1, 2023

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We are excited to announce that the Third International Conference on Buddhism and Law will be held in early autumn 2023 in Buffalo, NY. It will be hosted by the journal, Buddhism, Law & Society at the Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy at the State University of New York School of Law, Buffalo.

The proposed dates are Friday–Sunday, September 29 to October 1, 2023. The format will be two days of themed panels and a keynote speaker, followed by a one-day small workshop for planning a Buddhism and Law sourcebook and a related digital humanities resource.

We are interested in fostering new debates and scholarship on relationship of Buddhism, law, and society, broadly conceived. Panel topics will cover a wide regional and temporal range. Previous conferences have included analyses of different versions of the vinaya in Sanskrit, Pali and other languages; the foundation and governance of monastics institutions; the relationship of Buddhist law and constitutionalism in emerging democracies; Buddhism and social policy; the relationship of Buddhism and the state to religious education, family law, criminal law, law and economy, property, colonialism, and legal process.

Participants in the one-day workshop will help plan the organizational framework for an edited volume(s) and accompanying digital resource of important texts in Buddhism and law, with translations and exegesis, that can be used for pedagogical and research projects with undergraduate, graduate students and law students.

All housing, food and local transportation will be provided for participants by the Baldy Center as well as some assistance with conference travel expenses.

We remain open to your interests and proposals for papers and panels. Papers produced for the conference will be published in the journal, Buddhism, Law & Society. For more information, please contact:

Josh Coene, Managing Editor,;

Rebecca R. French, Editor,;