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The Center sponsors, co-sponsors, and participates in numerous conferences annually. To date (mid 2015), the Center, since its inception in 2000, has helped organize more than 300 academic conferences and workshops in approximately 50 countries. These events involve government, academic, and religious leaders, and are aimed at making a practical difference in the implementation of religious freedom principles. The Center typically partners with local and international leaders in the field, allowing for diverse viewpoints and backgrounds to be represented in each of the conferences.

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The Department of Legal Studies at Central European University and the International Center of Law and Religion Studies (ICLRS) at Brigham Young University co-sponsored a conference in Budapest, Hungary on 20-21 May 2016. The conference titled Religious Freedom and Security explored topics such as addressing the religious factor in conflict settings, rights and security, and approaches to religion and security issues.

The conference opened with a welcome and introduction by Renáta Uitz, Chair of the Comparative Constitutional Law Program at CEU, followed by a keynote address by Husain Haqqani, Former Ambassador of Pakistan to the United States, and currently Director for South and Central Asia, Hudson Institute, Washington DC. Professors W. Cole Durham, Jr., Founding Director, and Brett G. Scharffs, Director, represented ICLRS in... more

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The Fourth Conference of the African Consortium of Law and Religion Studies (ACLARS), "Religious Pluralism, Heritage, and Social Development in Africa", is underway in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, hosted by the University of Addis Ababa and held at the African Union from Sunday, 22 May to Tuesday, 24 May, 2016. A workshop for early career scholars was held immediately prior to the conference on May 22.

The conference was designed to focus on the topic of religious pluralism in Africa, particularly in relation to contemporary questions of heritage and social development. "Heritage" is to be understood broadly as including religious, cultural, legal, and historical traditions, and the way these shape religious identities and societies in Africa today. The topic includes the challenges for organizations like UNESCO and ICOMOS to promote and protect heritage in diverse African contexts. The scope... more

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The University of Tartu Faculty of Law in cooperation with the International Center for Law and Religion Studies, Brigham Young University, is organizing an international conference entitled "Freedom of Religion or Belief in Situations of Crisis: Why Can’t We Get Along?" on 16 – 19 June 2016 in Tallinn. It is an interdisciplinary conference intended for academics, professionals and students interested in human rights issues in the current migration crisis.

During the conference there is also a session for students to introduce their work, get feedback from... more

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Registration is open for the 2016 Religious Freedom Annual Review scheduled for July 7-8, with a discount available through May 15. The Annual Review will be open to both lawyers and nonlawyers who are interested in religious freedom challenges in the United States. In plenary sessions and workshops, experts from all over the United States will address questions such as "What is religious freedom?", "What does separation of church and state really mean?", and "How can I get involved?". Speakers will include Elder Lance B. Wickman, General Counsel and Emeritus General Authority of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Daniel I. Mark, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Villanova University, and Commissioner for the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), and Hannah C. Smith, Senior Counsel, The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.

To register or for more information, call 1-877-221-6716 or see religiousfreedom.byu.edu. Utah Continuing Legal Education Credit will be offered. 

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REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN [note early registration extended deadline to May 15] for the Fourth Conference of the International Consortium for Law and Religion Studies, which will be held at St. Hugh’s College in Oxford September 8-11, 2016. 

The Conference topic — "Freedom of/ for/ from/ within Religion: Differing Dimensions of a Common Right?" — aims at considering the fundamental right of freedom of religion from differing perspectives, shedding light on its various and interconnected facets and addressing new challenges it faces in the modern... more