The International Consortium for Law and Religion Studies (ICLARS) held its third bi-annual conference—Religion, Democracy, and Equality—August 21-23, 2013 in Virginia, United States. The conference, organized under the direction of the ICLARS Steering Committee, featured presentations by more than 90 international experts. The keynote address was given by Heiner Bielefeldt, UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief.
The International Center for Law and Religion Studies (ICLRS) of the J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University, was pleased to play a supportive role in the organization and sponsoring of the conference, under the direction of ICLARS President and ICLRS Director, W. Cole Durham, Jr.
The organizers of the conference are particularly grateful for the invaluable assistance of attorney Megan Healey Taylor and Southern Virginia University student Nicholas Gaughan, as well as... more
The International Consortium for Law and Religion Studies (ICLARS) was pleased to welcome Heiner Bielefeldt, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief, as the keynote speaker for the Third ICLARS Conference, held in Virginia, USA, 21-23 August 2013. To an audience of some 150 conference participants and guests, Professor Bielefeldt delivered remarks entitled "Freedom of Religion or Belief: A Classical Human Right under Fire?"
Professor Bielefeldt was appointed to his United Nations post on 18 June 2013. Holding both a PhD and a post-doctoral habilitation degree in philosophy, Professor Bielefeldt teaches in the areas of political science, philosophy, law and history. From 2003-2009 he... more
Abstracts submitted in advance of the Third ICLARS Conference are available for downloading, here.
Photographs shared by participants, including Katayoun Alidadi, Elena Miroshnikova, and Rebeca Vásquez Gómez, may be seen here. (Participants willing to share photographs are invited to send them to Donlu Thayer at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Thanks to Rebeca Vásquez Gómez for this photo (right) of some conference participants during our visit to the Rotunda at the University of Virginia.
This past year was particularly significant for the law and religion field. On 11 January 2012 the Supreme Court of the United States issued its judgment in Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. EEOC, without question one of the most significant religion decisions of the Court in decades. One year later, on 15 January 2013, the European Court of Human Rights delivered judgment in a similarly significant set of four consolidated cases in Eweida and Others v. The United Kingdom... more
The International Consortium for Law and Religion Studies (ICLARS) is an international network of scholars and experts of law and religion begun in 2007 with Professor Silvio Ferrari of the University of Milan as President. The purpose of ICLARS is to provide a forum for exchange of information, data, and opinions among members, which are then made available to the broader scientific community. Currently, ICLARS has members from more than 40 countries.
The Consorcio Latinoamericano de Libertad Religiosa held its 13th Annual Colloquium – "Libertad Religiosa, Igualdad y Autonomía de las Entidades Religiosas" – August 19-21, 2013 at Randolph-Macon University near Richmond, Virginia. The conference was sponsored by the International Center for Law and Religion Studies (ICLRS) of the J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University. Center Director W. Cole Durham, Jr., who is also President of the International Consortium for Law and Religion Studies (ICLARS, Milan, Italy), was the keynote speaker.
The Conorcio Latinoamericano de Libertad Religiosa is the foremost academic association for scholars... more