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.

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The International Center for Law and Religion Studies at Brigham Young University has announced the theme for its 21st annual International Law and Religion Symposium, to be held 5-7 October 2014 in Provo, Utah. Invited delegates will address the theme "Varieties of Secularism, Religion, and the Law." Please watch this space for more information as the Symposium approaches.

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Father Yakov Krotov (Russia) and
Jáder Freire de Macedo, Jr. (Brazil)
Photo by Page Johnson

Recordings (audio and, where available, video) for many sessions of Symposium 2013 are now available here. Please note that many presentations are available in numerous languages. To find the dropdown list, please click the arrow to the right of 'English' on the far right of the 2013 Annual Symposium line.

Photos from the 20th Annual International Law and Religion Symposium held in Provo, Utah, October 6-8, 2013 are now posted on the Symposium 2013 web page. (Please scroll down the page to see the various albums available.)

The collection by Matt Imbler (official BYU Law School Photographer) is now available, as well as photos by other photographersm which are available in separate albums, identified by the photographer's name. So far we have albums by David Christensen, Page Johnson, Linda Nearon, and Yakov (James) Krotov... more

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More than 80 distinguished delegates from more than 40 countries met, along with approximately 200 guests and students at the Twentieth Annual International Law and Religion Symposium of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies, held October 6-9, 2013 at the J. Reuben Clark Law School on the campus of Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. Delegates 

The theme of this year's conference – "Religion and Human Rights" – was chosen for its timeliness and urgency, and also in acknowledgment of the 1700th anniversary of the proclamation of the Edict of Milan, the 313 A.D. agreement between the Roman Emperors of the East and the West... more

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Professor Malcolm Evans OBE received the International Center for Law and Religion Studies Distinguished Service Award for 2013. In presenting the award at the opening session of the 20th Annual international Law and Religion Symposium, Center Director W. Cole Durham, Jr. made the following remarks:

It is with particular pleasure that I introduce Malcolm Evans,  a longtime friend and colleague, and this year’s recipient of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies Distinguished Service Award. I first met Malcolm more years ago than either of us... more

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Delegates, invited guests, and listeners worldwide via live webcast of the opening session of the 20th Annual International Law and Religion Symposium were privileged to hear an excellent and stimulating keynote address by Judge Françoise Tulkens, who spoke to the topic Religion and Human Rights from her perspective as a member of the European Court of Human Rights.

Judge Tulkens was a member of the Court in respect of Belgium from 1998 until her retirement in 2012. She served as Section President from 2007, and from February 2011 she was one of two Court... more

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The International Center for Law and Religion Studies is honored to announce that Malcolm Evans, OBE, will be a keynote speaker at the 20th Annual International Law and Religion Symposium, "Religion and Human Rights," to be held 6-8 October 2013 at Brigham Young University. Professor Evans will also receive the Center's 2013 Disinguished Service Award for his many contributions to the promotion of freedom of religion or belief and the protection of human rights worldwide.

Malcolm Evans is Professor of Public International Law at the University of Bristol Law School and Chair of the United Nations Sub Committee for the Prevention of Torture. He is a member... more

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The theme of the 20th Annual International Law and Religion Symposium – "Religion and Human Rights" – was chosen for its timeliness and urgency, and also in acknowlegment of the 1700th anniversary of the proclamation of the Edict of Milan, the 313 AD agreement between Roman Emperors of East and West that effectively granted religious freedom throughout the Roman Empire, marking what lawyer, politician, and professor Gabrio Lombardi has termed the Initium Libertatis, in effect the "birth certificate for religious freedom."

In a certain sense, said Cardinal Angelo Scola, Archbishop of Milan, writing in December 2012, "the very first emergence in history of the two phenomena that today we call 'religious freedom' and 'the secular state' ... two crucial elements of a good organisation of political society" may be traced back to this event.... more

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The International Center for Law and Religion Studies is pleased to announce the members of the Student Executive Committee for the Twentieth 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.

The committee members are divided into five teams: ... more