Each year since 1994, the Center has hosted a symposium devoted to the discussion of law and religion. To date, more than 900 government, academic, and religious leaders and visitors from 120 countries have met together to discuss principles of religious liberty and to explore mechanisms to better implement these principles. The symposium is open to anyone who is interested in attending. Details about upcoming and past symposia may be found below and on the pages listed in the left sidebar.
The International Center for Law and Religion Studies has announced the Twentieth Annual International Law and Religion Symposium, to be held 6-8 October 2013 in Provo, Utah.
The theme of this year's conference will be "Religion and Human Rights," with the following sub-themes:
* Religion, Human Rights, and the Courts
* Tensions Between Religious and Other Human Rights
* Religious and Philosophical Foundations of Human Rights
The Center is also pleased to announce the members of the Symposium Executive Committee, comprised of students from the J. Reuben Clark Law School who will play a major role in planning and carrying out the logistics of the conference.
Watch this space for more information
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The 19th Annual International Law and Religion Symposium was held 7-9 October 2012 at the J. Reuben Clark Law School on the campus of Brigham Young University.
The Symposium – "Religion, Democracy, and Civil Society" – opened as delegates, invited guests, hosts, students, and friends of the university, as well as viewers worldwide accessing the live Internet stream, heard keynote addresses by Professor Silvio Ferrari, Ambassador Suzan Johnson Cook, and Commissioner Katrina Lantos Swett. Professor Ferrari also received this year's Distinguished Service Award.
The 19th Annual International Law and Religion Symposium opened as delegates, invited guests, hosts, students, and mbmers of the university community, as well as viewers worldwide who were able to access the live Internet stream, heard keynote addresses by Professor Silvio Ferrari, Ambassador Suzan Johnson Cook, and Commissioner Katrina Lantos Swett.
Silvio Ferrari, Professor of Canon Law at the University of Milan and Professor of Church-State Relations at the University of Leuven in Belgium, spoke about the meaning of the secular state, proposing that it originally grew from the Christian legal tradition based on divine natural law. In a... more
The International Center for Law and Religion Studies was pleased to welcome three distinguished keynote speakers for the Nineteenth Annual International Law and Religion Symposium: Professor Silvio Ferrari of the law faculties of the universities of Milan (Italy) and Leuven (Belgium), Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett, Chair of the United States' Commission on International Religious Freedom, and Ambassador Suzan Johnson Cook, U.S. Ambassador at Large for International Freedom. ... more
The International Center for Law and Religion Studies of the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University is pleased to announce that the Distinguished Service Award for 2012 was presented to Professor Silvio Ferrari at the Nineteenth Annual International Law and Religion Symposium on the evening of 8 October 2012 in Provo, Utah. The award is given annually to outstanding proponents of the cause of freedom of religion or belief worldwide, and the Center is most pleased to recognize the longtime and extensive contributions of Professor Ferrari to this cause.
Silvio Ferrari is Professor of Canon Law at the University of Milan and Professor of Church-State Relations at the University of Leuven in Belgium. He has been visiting professor in Paris (École Pratique des Hautes Études) and Berkeley (University of California). He advises many international organizations, including the European Union and the Organization for the Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). He has founded, together with other professors, the European Consortium for Church and State Research. Professor Ferrari is a member of the... more
The International Center for Law and Religion Studies is grateful once again this year for the indispensable help of our friends who have volunteered to assist in hosting delegates to the annual International Law and Religion Symposium. The Hosting Committee is chaired by Linda Nearon and Lynn Anderson. A number of the hosts have served with us for some time, and we express our continual gratitude to these capable and generous people for making the Symposium such a memorable experience for all who attend, year after year. We enthusiastically welcome those who have more recently joined us as hosts, and we look forward to a long and fruitful association.
The International Center for Law and Religion Studies is pleased to recognize the Student Executive Committee for the Nineteenth Annual International Law and Religion Symposium. The success of the Symposium each year is due in large part to the planning and performance of these outstanding students from the J. Reuben Clark Law School, under the direction of Center Coordinator Deborah Wright and Associate Director Elizabeth Clark.
Every year in early October the International Center for Law and Religion Studies at Brigham Young University's J. Reuben Clark Law School welcomes student volunteers from the Law School and from the wider University community to assist in the management of the International Law and Religion Symposium. Recruited and organized by the Symposium Executive Committee Recruitment Team, approximately 50 students provide transportation, interpretation, and other assistance for delegates during the Symposium and the two days before and after, as delegates travel to and... more