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.

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Image for Announcing the 23rd Annual International Law and Religion Symposium: <br />Religious Rights in a Pluralistic World, 2-4 October 2016

The International Center for Law and Religion Studies is pleased to announce the 23rd Annual International Law and Religion Symposium, to be held 2-4 October 2016 at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. The theme of the Symposium will be "Religious Rights in a Pluralistic World." Professor Heiner Bielefeldt, who currently serves as the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief, will be a keynote speaker.

Each year the Annual Law and Religion Symposium regularly brings together 80-90 invited delegates, including scholars, jurists, political and civil society leaders, and religious leaders and religion policy makers from approximately 40 countries, providing them an important opportunity for engagement on issues of religion, law, and policy. This year speakers and panelists will explore the... more

Image for Heiner Bielefeldt to Deliver Keynote Address at Symposium 2016

The International Center for Law and Religion Studies is honored to announce that Heiner Bielefeldt, who currently serves as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief, will be the keynote speaker at the 23rd Annual International Law and Religion Symposium, to be held 2-4 October 2016 at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.

Professor Bielefeldt was appointed to his position as Special Rapporteur on 18 June 2010. He holds both a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Tübingen and a post-doctoral Habilitation Degree in Philosophy from the University of Bremen... more