CONFERENCE> Second International Conference on Buddhism and Law at SUNY Buffalo in September 2019

Rebecca Redwood French Discussion

The Second International Conference on Buddhism and Law will be held from Thursday, September 26th to Sunday, September 29, 2019 at The Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy, University at Buffalo School of Law, State University of New York.

Hosted by the journal Buddhism, Law & Society, this conference will cover a wide range of relevant  topics: Buddhism and politics, current issues in implementing Buddhist religious values into legal systems; legal aspects of different versions of the Vinaya in Sanskrit, Pali and other vernacular sources; Buddhism and social policy; the relationship of Buddhism to religious education, family law, criminal law, and property law; Buddhist law and constitutionalism in emerging democracies; colonialism and its relationship to Buddhist law; and Buddhist legal processes, among many others.

The conference is open to the public and we invite all persons interested in the topic to attend. Please register your interest in attending by emailing

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Oskar von Hinüber, Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg  

Panelists will include:

  • Tom Borchert, University of Vermont
  • Jens Wilhelm Borgland, Uppsala University
  • Dhammadinnā Bhikkhuni, Dharma Drum Institute of Liberal Arts
  • Shayne Clarke, McMaster University
  • Nima Dorje, Jigme Singye Wangchuck School of Law
  • Brandon Dotson, Georgetown University
  • Berthe Jansen, Leipzig University
  • Petra Kieffer-Pülz, Academy of Sciences and Literature, Mainz
  • Gregory Kourilsky, École française d’Extrême-Orient
  • Patrice Ladwig, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity
  • Christian Lammerts, Rutgers University
  • Cuilan Liu, University of Toronto
  • Tamara Loos, Cornell University
  • Eugénie Mérieau, University of Göttingen
  • Mark Nathan, University at Buffalo
  • Miguel Álvarez Ortega, University of Seville
  • Ben Schonthal, University of Otago
  • Vincent Tournier, École française d’Extrême-Orient
  • Matthew Walton, University of Toronto
  • Richard Whitecross, Napier Edinburgh University
  • Nicholas Witkowski, Nanyang Technological University
  • Fumi Yao, Waseda Institute for Advanced Study


Papers produced for the conference will be published in the journal, Buddhism, Law & Society.

For more information, please contact:

                Josh Coene, Managing Editor,;

                Petra Kieffer-Pülz, Articles Editor and Co-organizer,;

                Christian Lammerts, Co-organizer,;

                Rebecca R. French, Editor,