Image for Religious Freedom Annual Review 2015: Current Developments in the US and Abroad

Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert, Professor Robin Fretwell Wilson of the University of Illinois College of Law, and Director W. Cole Durham Jr. of BYU Law School's International Center for Law and Religion Studies will be among the experts in the 2015 Religious Freedom Annual Review, sponsored by the Center and hosted by BYU Continuing Education. This year's Annual Review will take place July 6-8 on the campus of Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. It will provide an update for lawyers and nonlawyers on religious freedom challenges in the United States and around the world. This conference, open to all who are interested, also serves as a Continuing Legal Education Conference for lawyers. 18 CLE credits are available, including 1 hour of professionalism and civility and 1 hour of ethics.

Selected experts will discuss important topics including:

  • The Why of Religious Freedom: Key Issues in Their Practical Context
  • Culltural and Political Trends Impacting Religion and Religious
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Image for The 2015 Oxford Conference: Magna Carta and Freedom of Religion or Belief

The International Center for Law and Religion Studies, in cooperation with the Oxford Journal of Law and Religion, hosted its 2015 Oxford Conference June 21-24  at St Hugh's College, Oxford. The event began with a devotional Sunday evening at the Oxford LDS Meetinghouse, featuring an address 'I Am a Child of God': The Magna Carta Connection by Elder Brcue C. Hafen, Emeritus General Authority and Member of the First Quorum of Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and a violin performance of Ave Maria (Bach / Gounod) by Mark Oshia of Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, accompanied by Elder Hafen.

Monday featured presentations at St Hugh's College addressing the conference theme, Magna Carta and Freedom of Religion or Belief and concluding with a keynote address by Professor Nicholas Vincent, University of East Anglia, Historical Researcher of The Magna Carta Project.

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Image for Professor Scharffs Participates in Two Indonesian Programs on Sharia and Human Rights

In June Professor Brett Scharffs participated in two teaching programs designed to create bridges between Islamic Law and Human Rights. One program was held at a leading secular university in Yogyakarta, Gadja Mada University, and the other was at an Islamic University in Malang, Muhammadiyah University. The programs bring together experts on Human Rights and on Islamic Law with students of law, Islamic Law, sociology and history, as well as practitioners from a range of NGOs. Professor Scharffs made presentations on the history and drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and freedom of religion from a human rights perspective. The papers from the courses are being compiled into a textbook that will be published in both English and Bahasa in Indonesia next year. John Lowe, who just completed his first year at BYU Law School, also participated in the program, providing informal translation support and helping with logistics.

Image for Brett Scharffs at Symposium on Marxist Theories of Religion, 30-31 May 2015

Dean Brett G. Scharffs, Associate Dean for Faculty and Curriculum, Francis R. Kirkham Professor of Law, and Associate Director of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies, participated in a Symposium on Marxist Theories of Religion sponsored by the Institute of World Religions, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences on May 30-31, 2015, in Beijing. Professor Scharffs' presentation was titled, "The Relationship of Religion and the State: The Surprising Similarities and Important Differences in the Political Philosophy of Marx and Locke." The paper, which will be... more

Image for DEADLINE 1 August 2015: 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... more