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 the keynote speaker.

In an increasingly pluralistic world, societies and legal systems struggle to articulate the roles religion and religious believers play in their communities.  How should a legal system protect the rights of religious groups and believers?  What role should neutrality, secularism, or dominant religions play in civic life?  How can we articulate the relationship between religious rights and culture, particularly in a time of shifting cultural norms?  How can religious rights best protect religious minorities or religious believers in a pluralistic world?... 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, following upon undergraduate studies in Philosophy and Catholic Theology at both institutions. ... more