Each year since 1994, the Center has hosted a symposium devoted to the discussion of law and religion. By 2015, approximately 1100 government, academic, and religious leaders and visitors from 120 countries had met together to discuss principles of religious liberty and to explore mechanisms to better implement these principles. Details about upcoming and past symposia may be found below and on the pages listed in the left sidebar.
The Twenty-second Annual International Law and Religion Symposium has concluded. The delegates who traveled to Brigham Young University—approximately 90 leading scholars, jurists, and political and civil society leaders from 40 countries—joined in an exploration of issues surrounding the theme Religion, Law, and Social Stability.
WATCH THIS SPACE for information on the sessions, including Session Reports, Presentations, Photos, and Recordings, which will soon be available on this website and YouTube channel. And continue to follow us on Twitter as we catch up with this outstanding event.
The Center expresses its gratitude to the delegates, many of whom made considerable sacrifices... more
To see more information about Symposium 2015, including the Program, a Sessions Quick View, the list of Delegates, Keynote Speakers, the Student Executive Commitee, Utah CLE credit, even the Local Weather, please click Symposium 2015 in the left navigation bar on this page to see sub-nagivation items. To view the latest version of the Symposium Program, please refresh your brower each time you view, as we are continually receiving and responding to requests for changes and updates.
Keynote addresses at the 22nd Annual International Law and Religion Symposium, held Sunday evening October 4, 2015, were delivered by Dr. Gunnar Stålsett, Moderator of the European Council of Religious Leaders and International President, World Council of Religions for Peace, and Professor David Little, currently a research fellow at Georgetown University's Berkley Center, who was at the time of his retirement in 2009 T.J. Dermot Dunphy Professor of the Practice in Religion,... more
The International Center for Law and Religion Studies were honored to present Professor David Little, Emeritus Professor, Harvard Divinity School, and currently Fellow, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, and Dr. Gunnar Stålsett, Moderator, European Council of Religious Leaders; International President, World Council of Religions for Peace with the Center's Distinguished Service Awards for 2015, at the Opening Session of the 22nd Annual International Law and Religion Symposium. The award is given to outstanding proponents of the cause of freedom of religion or belief worldwide, and the Center is honored to be able to "celebrate the important role David Little... more
Before his retirement in 2009, David Little was Professor of the Practice in Religion, Ethnicity, and International Conflict at Harvard Divinity School, and was an Associate at Harvard's Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. He is at present a Fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & International Affairs at Georgetown University. He was Senior Scholar in Religion, Ethics and Human Rights at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, DC. Before that, he taught at the University of Virginia and Yale Divinity School and was a member of the State Department Committee on Religious Freedom Abroad.... more
Bishop Gunnar Stålsett is an International President of the World Council of Religions for Peace and a member of its Board. He served as the co-chair for the XVI International AIDS Conference and as General Secretary of The Lutheran World Federation (Geneva). He has also been a member of the Executive Committee of the World Council of Churches. Over a period in the 1970s, he held offices as deputy member of the Norwegian Parliament, State Secretary for Education, Culture and Church Affairs, and member of the City Council of Oslo. He has served as an advisor to the Norwegian government on issues such as arms control, disarmament, and peace and reconciliation. He has participated... more
Invited guests who are members of the Utah State Bar may obtain up to 12 hours of CLE credit for attending sessions of the 22nd Annual International Law and Religion Symposium. The registration fee is $15 for any number of hours from 1 to 12. You may register by clicking here at any time before or during the Symposium. To register in person during the Symposium, please pay at the Accounting Office in Room 367 JRCB, and please sign the attendance rolls at the Concierge Desk for all sessions you attend. You may also pick up attendance certificates at Concierge when you leave.
The 21st Annual International Law and Religion Symposium can now be remembered in many ways.
- Audio and video recordings of individual presentations and entire sessions, some of them in as many as 14 languages, are now available on the website and on our YouTube Channel.
- The Photo Album is available here.
- Reports of individual sessions, prepared by our students and by volunteer reporters, are available here.
- See the Symposium on Facebook, and join the discussion!
Watch this space for reports on sessions of the 22 Annual International Law and Religion Symposium, as some 90 leading scholars, jurists, and political and civil society leaders from 41 countries explore issues surrounding the theme Religion, Law, and Social Stability.