Each year since 1994, the Center has hosted a symposium devoted to the discussion of law and religion. By 2015, more than 1000 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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The theme chosen for the 22nd Annual International Religion Symposium, to be held at Brigham Young University 47-October 2015, is "Religion, Law, and Social Stability." Religion continues to be a major factor in conflict, peacemaking, and the establishment of or disruption to the rule of law throughout the world. This year's Symposium delegates—leading scholars, jurists, and political and civil society leaders from around the globe—have been invited to explore the relationships and tensions among religion, law, and social stability as they consider questions such as these:

  • To what extent can religion and religious freedom play a helpful role in resolving social and political conflict?
  • How is religion and religious extremism related to violence? 
  • What role can or should religious organizations play in society?  
  • Can they contribute to building more just, peaceful, and stable communities?  
  • How should the law address religious freedom claims? 

Because of space limitations, Symposium sessions are open to invited guests only, but the opening session on Sunday evening, October 4 will be streamed live to listeners worldwide, and recordings of all Symposium sessions will be available on the Center's website and YouTube channel.

See developing news and reports in this space, and on the Symposium Facebook page.

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The International Center for Law and Religion Studies is pleased to announce keynote speakers for the 22nd Annual International Law and Religion Symposium, to be held October 4-7, 2015, at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah: 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, Ethnicity, and International Conflict at Harvard Divinity School and an associate at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University.

The addresses will be delivered to invited guests on Sunday evening, October 4, in the Moot Court Room of the J. Reuben Clark Law School. This opening session on will also be streamed live to listeners worldwide, and, as with all Symposium sessions, will be available as a video recording on the Center's website and YouTube channel. Please watch this space for further information about accessing the live stream and the recordings.

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The International Center for Law and Religion Studies is pleased to announce that Professor David Little will receive the Center's Distinguished Service Award for 2015. 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 has played in shaping the fields of religious ethics, peace, justice, and human rights studies."*

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... more

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We are pleased to announce that 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!