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Image for Seventeenth Annual International Law and Religion Symposium, 'Religion in Contemporary Legal Systems'– 3-5 October 2010

The Seventeenth Annual International Law and Religion Symposium, "Religion in Contemporary Legal Systems," took place at Brigham Young University's J. Reuben Clark Law School in Provo, Utah, from 3 to 5 October 2010. The 2010 Symposium brought together more than 65 distinguished delegates from 36 countries to discuss the topics "Islam in Contemporary Legal Systems," "Religion, Law, and the Encounter with Secularism," and "The Challenge of Protecting Religious Sensitivities."  Please consult the links below for more information about this outstanding event.

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I want to express my deep appreciation for all those who helped make this year’s International Law and Religion Symposium possible. I am very grateful for all of the delegates, who came from so many countries to spend time discussing the importance of religious freedom. I am also grateful for the assistance provided by many friends of the Center and conference attendees, who helped welcome our delegates to Utah. I am immensely grateful as well for countless hours of volunteer service rendered by faculty members from the law school and elsewhere on campus, and the dozens of students who helped in so many ways.... more

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Click here to view a Photo Memory Book from the 17th Annual International Law and Religion Symposium. Photos are by Matt Imbler, Page Johnson, and Linda Nearon. Note that each of the photos in the collage may be enlarged by clicking.

Click here to view the Delegate Photo Directory, with e-mail addresses.  Click delegate name to view biographical information.

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Text of Dr. Mahmood's Keynote Address now available here.

The International Center for Law and Religion Studies was pleased to honor renowned jurist and scholar Dr. Tahir Mahmood, Honorable Member, Eighteenth Law Commission of India, with the Distinguished Service Award at the opening session of the Seventeenth Annual International Law and Religion Symposium on 3 October 2010 in Provo, Utah. The award is given to outstanding proponents of the cause of freedom of religion or belief worldwide, and the Center is deeply honored that Dr. Mahmood, who has inaugurated, attended, and presided over... more

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Text of Judge Griffith's address now available here.

The International Center for Law and Religion Studies was honored to welcome the Honorable Thomas B. Griffith, Judge United States Court of Appeals for the District of Colombia, as a keynote speaker at the opening session of the Seventeenth Annual International Law and Religion Symposium, held Sunday evening, 3 October 2010 in the Moot Court Room of the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University. Judge Griffith was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals in June 2005. He graduated from Brigham Young University in 1978 and from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1985. Judge Griffith was engaged in private practice from 1985 through 1989 in Charlotte, North... more

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You many find written presentations from Symposium 2010 by clicking the author's name in the list below, or by clicking language listed in bold.

Click here to view audio and visual Symposium presentations in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Mandarin, Arabic, Vietnamese, Russian, Indonesian, and Mongolian. Papers and PowerPoint presentations may also be accessed by clicking the author name and alternative languages highlighted below.

Please be alert to copyright restrictions and other author requests on these... more

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L-R: Oleksandr Zaeits, Qianfan Zhang, Tahir Mahmood, Kamal Hossain

"We urgently need to build bridges with the Islamic world. I can think of few projects that are more crucial at the present time."  – Author Karen Armstrong, quoted by Dr. Kamal Hossain

At the conclusion of the 17th Annual International Law and Religion Symposium at Brigham Young University on Tuesday afternoon, 5 October 2010, ICLRS Director W. Cole Durham invited several of the conference's distinguished participants – from Columbia, Canada, Ukraine, China, Bangladesh, and India – to join him on the dais in the Moot Court Room of the J. Reuben Clark Law School for concluding... more