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The Mission and Purpose of the Center are 
to help secure the
blessings of freedom of religion and belief for all people by

  • expanding, deepening, and disseminating knowledge and expertise regarding the interrelationship of law and religion,
  • facilitating the growth of networks of scholars, experts, and policy makers involved in the field of religion and law, and 
  • contributing to law reform processes and broader implementation of principles of religious freedom worldwide.
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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 as the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq and Boko Haram in Nigeria, Congress is anxious to help improve... more

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4-6 November 2014. Conference, Religion in the Context of Globalization: Legal Aspects of the Functioning of Religious Organizations, sponsored by Department of History of Religions Institute of Religious Studies, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland, and the International Center for Law and Religion Studies, Krakow, Poland

8 November 2014. Conference in New Delhi.

15-16 November 2014. The G20 Interfaith Summit: Economic Development & Religious Freedom, Centre for Interfaith & Cultural Dialogue, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia

21-22 November 2014. Conference on "Missionary Activities and Human Rights", Oslo, Norway (Cole Durham keynote).

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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, David Nearon and Gary Anderson, have given much support for many years to the Center... more

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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 HyerJedi Knight, Aline Longstaff,  Annalee Moser, Lauren Robins, and Jarvis Yau.  Languages spoken by members of this group include Arabic, Chinese, Danish, French, German, Hindi, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, and Urdu.... more