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
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
Conferences sponsored or co-sponsored by the International Center for Law and Religion Studies in 2015 will include the following:
- "Developing a multilateral approach to freedom of religion or belief: a European perspective" (February 9-11 at Wilton Park, Sussex, UK)
- Conference "Challenges and Opportunities: Religious Freedom Development in the Sphere of Law" (May 14-16 in Yerevan, Armenia)
- Conference of the African Consortium of Law and Religion: "Religious Freedom and Religious Pluralism in Africa: Prospects and Limitations" (May 18-19 in Windhoek, Namibia)
- Oxford Journal of Law and Religion Summer Academy: "Magna Carta and Freedom of Religion or Belief" (June 21-24 at St. Hugh's College, Oxford)
- Religious Freedom Annual Review (July 6-8 in Provo)
- 22nd Annual International Law and Religion Symposium: "Religion, Law, and Social Stability" (October 4-7 in Provo)
The International Center for Law and Religion Studies announces the creation of four Facebook pages, a YouTube Channel, and a Twitter account. Please visit soon and often!
"Be an active participant, not a silent observer."
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.
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!
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 Champenois, James Heilpern, Bryant Hinckley, Lynn Nouri, and Alex Storms, and second-year students Ryan Andersen, Eva Brady, Bennett Briggs, Tara Fitzgerald, Roman Harper, Travis Hyer, Jedidiah Knight, Aline Longstaff, Annalee Moser, Lauren Robins, and Jarvis Yau. Languages spoken by members of this group include... more
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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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
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
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