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The International Center for Law and Religion Studies is pleased to announce the 2015 Oxford Conference – "Magna Carta and Freedom of Religion or Belief", organized in cooperation with the Oxford Journal of Law and Religion. The event will begin Sunday evening, June 21, 2015, with dinner at St. Hugh's College, Oxford. Conferences sessions will take place Monday and Wednesday at St. Hugh's. Tuesday will feature excursions to Runnymead and to locations in London, with dinner at Inner Temple. [Register here.]   

CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Rt Hon Lord Igor Judge, Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales (2008-2013), co-author:  Magna Carta Uncovered (Hart Publishing, 2014)
  • Professor Mark Hill, QC, Cardiff University, King’s College London, University Pretoria, co-editor: Magna Carta, Religion, and the Rule of Law (Cambridge, 2015)
  • Professor Nicholas Vincent, University of East Anglia, The Magna Carta Project, author: Magna Carta: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford, 2012)
  • Professor R.H. Helmholz, University of Chicago Law School, author: Magna Carta and the Law of Nations, in Magna Carta, Religion, and the Rule of Law (Cambridge
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May 14-16. Conference "Challenges and Opportunities: Religious Freedom Development in the Sphere of Law" (Yerevan, Armenia)

May 18-19. Conference of the African Consortium of Law and Religion: "Religious Freedom and Religious Pluralism in Africa: Prospects and Limitations" (Windhoek, Namibia)

June 21-24. Oxford Conference, "Magna Carta and Freedom of Religion or Belief" (Oxford, UK) REGISTRATION FORM  [Early registration discount deadline: April 30.]

July 6-8.  Religious Freedom Annual ReviewUpdate on Current Developments in the United States and Abroad (Provo, Utah)

October 4-7. 22nd Annual International Law and Religion Symposium: "Religion, Law, and Social Stability" (Provo, Utah)

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The International Center for Law and Religion Studies is pleased to announce the topic for the 22nd Annual International Law and Religion Symposium, to be held October 4-7 at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.  Invited international experts in law and religion will speak to the topic "Religion, Law, and Social Stability."  Sub-themes will be "Religious Exemptions from Generally Applicable Laws"; "Religion, the Rule of Law, and Social Stability"; and "Religion and Violence."

Symposium sessions are open to the public, free of charge, space permitting.... more

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An International Conference "Towards Law and Religious Freedom in Africa" was held at the University of Lagos, Nigeria, February 26-28, 2015. The conference was an initiative of the Centre for Human Rights of the Faculty of Law, University of Lagos in collaboration with the Nigerian Bar Association (Lagos and Ikeja Branches); the African Consortium for Law and Religion Studies, South Africa, and the International Centre for Law and Religion Studies, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University. 

The Chief Host and Host of the event were the Vice-Chancellor, University of Lagos, Professor Rahamon A. Bello, FAEng, and the Dean, Faculty of Law, University of Lagos, Professor Akin Ibidapo-Obe... more

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ORANGE, CALIFORNIA

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints discussed the issues of faith, family and religious freedom on the campus of Chapman University on Thursday, February 26, 2015. Elder Holland was on the southern California campus when the Fish Interfaith Center was launched a decade ago, and he returned this week to help the center celebrate its 10th anniversary.

 –  From Mormon Newsroom (see link below).

 

Image for Announcing: The Sixth Annual Founding Fathers Religious Liberty Writing Contest

The District of Columbia Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society and the International Center for Law and Religion Studies are pleased to announce the Sixth Annual Founding Fathers Religious Liberty Writing Contest.

Purpose & Eligibility

The purpose of the contest is to promote legal and academic studies in the field of religious liberty by law students and students pursuing related graduate studies.  Students who have graduated from law school but who are not yet practicing law due to clerkships or other similar pursuits are also invited... more

Image for The Center Announces the Student Research Fellows for 2015

Each year the International Center for Law and Religion Studies welcomes a group of outstanding scholars who have completed their first year of study at the J. Reuben Clark Law School into the Research Fellows Program.

The program brings the students into the worldwide work of the Center, as they complete internships with the offices of the legal counsels of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City and in many other parts of the world, participate in Center research, writing, and publishing projects, and help to maintain the Center's ever-increasing international web presence.

This year's group of fourteen students will spend time in Brazil, South Africa, Germany, Argentina, New Zealand, Mexico, Hong Kong, Russia, and Salt Lake City.

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Newsletter 24 December 2014 

Dear Friends,

As 2014 comes to a close, we at the International Center for Law and Religion Studies look back on a busy and productive year. We are constantly conscious of how much of our success depends on collaboration with others, particularly those receiving this newsletter, and for that collaboration we express our gratitude. We are working on an annual report for 2014, which will provide a more comprehensive review of activities, but we did not want to let the Christmas and New Year’s season pass without sharing greetings and appreciation.

Most notable as we look back is the impressive series of conferences in which the Center has participated, often as a co-sponsor. In addition to our annual International Law and Religion Symposium in Provo, we participated in or co-organized more than twenty-five other conferences this year. These included conferences held on every continent except Antarctica. Particularly significant... more

"Be an active participant, not a silent observer."
                                                        - Elder Quentin L. Cook
 
There are many things that you can do individually as well
as with others to help defend and protect religious freedom.


What Can You Do As An Individual?

What Can We Do As Lawyers?

What Can JRCLS Chapters Do?

Is it Worth Your Effort?

Image for Symposium 2014:  Session Reports, Recordings & Photos Now Available

We are pleased to announce that the 21st Annual International Law and Religion Symposium can now be remembered in many ways.

  • Audio and video recordings of individual presentations and entire sessions, some of them in as many as 14 languages, are now available on the website and on our YouTube Channel.
  • The Photo Album is available here.
  • Reports of individual sessions, prepared by our students and by volunteer reporters, are available here.
  • See the Symposium on Facebook, and join the discussion!
Image for ICLRS Student Management Board 2014-2015

The International Center for Law and Religion Studies Center Student Management Board is composed of second- and third-year BYU Law students selected for their interest in the worldwide work of the Center and for expertise in such areas as research, writing, editing, languages, and website management.

The group for 2014-2015 includes third-year students Heather Binks, Christina ChampenoisJames HeilpernBryant HinckleyLynn Nouri, and Alex Storms, and second-year students Ryan Andersen, Eva Brady, Bennett Briggs, Tara Fitzgerald, Roman HarperTravis HyerJedidiah Knight, Aline Longstaff, Annalee Moser, Lauren Robins, and Jarvis Yau.  Languages spoken by members of this group include... more

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For his tireless advocacy and record of legislative accomplishment, the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society and the International Center for Law and Religion Studies at Brigham Young University were pleased to present the Religious Liberty Award to retiring Congressman Frank Wolf. Throughout his 33-year career in Congress, Representative Wolf has championed efforts to alert the United States and the world to the plight of men, women, and children who are persecuted for living their religious convictions. Representative Wolf authored the 1998 International Religious Freedom Act, which established the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) and the International Religious Freedom Office at the... more

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Credit to the BYU Law School News Team for content of this article

Robert T. Smith, Managing Director of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies, testified on 18 September 2014 before the US House of Representatives Committee on Oversight & Government Reform on the topic "Protecting International Freedom." Mr. Smith's testimony specifically addressed ways to improve international religious freedom through better implementation of the 1998 International Religious Freedom Act. With international tensions running high due to violence caused by religiously motivated groups such... more

Image for Symposium 2014: Senator Hatch Receives Distinguished Service Award

The 21st Annual International Law and Religion Symposium opened on Sunday evening, October 5, 2014, in the Moot Court Room of the J. Reuben Clark Law School on the campus of Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. Those in attendance and listening in via live webinar were welcomed by Law School Dean James R. Rasband and Brigham Young University President Kevin J Worthen. Professor W. Cole Durham, Jr., Director of  the Symposium's sponsoring organization, the International Center for Law and Religion Studies, presented the Center's Distinguished Service Award to Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), who... more

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Center Supporters Robert Orton and Helen Leon

The International Center for Law and Religion Studies and the delegates to its 2014 International Law and Religion Symposium are grateful for the indispensable help of a group of outstanding people who volunteered to assist in hosting the delegates and making them feel welcome. A great many delegates come from half a world away, and many do not speak English. The kind attention of the Center's generous friends makes the Symposium an unparalleled cultural and academic experience. The Hosting Committee was chaired once again this year by Linda Nearon and Lynn Anderson, who with their husbands, ... more