A leading member of the Catholic Church in Scotland has predicted that elements of Islamic law will inevitably be incorporated into the British legal system over time.

However, Canon Gerard Tartaglia, priest of the Catholic Archdiocese of Glasgow and lecturer in canon law at Scotus College, Bearsden, does not agree with the Archbishop of Canterbury's recent sense of urgency and believes UK law will evolve in accordance with the development of multicultural communities.

He will be discussing his views today at the International Bar Association conference in Amsterdam, during a symposium titled Religious and secular laws: mutual respect or mutual suspicion?

The discussion, to be chaired by a leading member of the Law Society of Scotland, comes just months after the furore surrounding Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, who called for Britain to "constructively accommodate" certain aspects of Islamic law.

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