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The Mission and Purpose of the Center are 
to help secure the
blessings of freedom of religion and belief for all people by

  • expanding, deepening, and disseminating knowledge and expertise regarding the interrelationship of law and religion,
  • facilitating the growth of networks of scholars, experts, and policy makers involved in the field of religion and law, and 
  • contributing to law reform processes and broader implementation of principles of religious freedom worldwide.
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The 21st annual International Law and Religion Symposium will be held 5-7 October 2014 at Brigham Young University Law School in Provo, Utah. More than 65 invited delegates, from more than 40 countries, will address the theme "Varieties of Secularism, Religion, and the Law."  The Symposium sesssions are open to the public free of charge. The opening session on Sunday evening will be available worldwide via live webcast.

Keynote speaker at the Sunday evening opening session will be Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT). Senator Hatch served as chairman or ranking minority member of the Senate Judiciary Committee from 1993 to 2005 and as chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee from 1981 to 1987. He currently serves as ranking minority member of the Senate Finance Committee and on the Board of Directors for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Senator Hatch was the main author of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA), which protected all religions' right to build church facilities on private property.... more

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The International Center for Law and Religion Studies is pleased to announce that Senator Orrin Hatch, United States Senator for the State of Utah, will be the keynote speaker at the opening session of the 21st Annual International Law and Religion Symposium, to be held in the Moot Court Room of the J. Reuben Clark Law School on the campus of Brigham Young University at 7 pm MDT (GMT-6) Sunday evening, October 5, 2014. This session will be available via live webcast for listeners worldwide.

Senator Hatch served as chairman or ranking minority member of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee from 1993 to 2005 and as chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee from 1981 to 1987. He currently serves as ranking minority member of the Senate Finance Committee and on the Board of Directors for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Senator Hatch was the main author of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA), which protected all religions'... 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 21st 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 Associate Director Elizabeth Clark and Center Coordinator Deborah Wright, with assistance from Senior Editor Donlu Thayer.

The committee members are divided into five teams: Chase Thomas and Aline Longstaff will coordinate and oversee the Master Schedule of all Symposium events, including delegate schedules. Co-chairs of the Recruitment Team, Monica GardnerRachel Bennion,and  Shantel Talbot, assisted by Eva Brady and Jedi Knight, will recruit, organize, and supervise dozens of student volunteers from the law school and across BYU campus, as well as coordinating... more

The International Center for Law and Religion Studies of the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University  is pleased to announce the members of  the Center Student Management Board, for 2014-2015. The Board is composed of second- and third-year law students. Students are selected for their interest in the worldwide work of the Center and for expertise in such areas as research, writing, editing, languages, and website management. The group for this year includes third-year students Heather Binks, Christina ChampenoisJames HeilpernBryant HinckleyLynn Nouri, and Alex Storms, and second-year students Ryan Andersen, Eva Brady, Bennett Briggs, Tara Fitzgerald, Roman HarperTravis HyerJedi Knight, Aline Longstaff,  Annalee Moser, Laruen Robins, and Jarvis Yau.  Languages spoken by members of this group include Arabic, Chinese, Danish, French, German, Hindi, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, Urdu.... more

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19 September 2014. The Things that Make for Peace: International Day of Peace SymposiumU.S. Federation for Middle East Peace, at Church Center for the United Nations 777 UN Plaza (44th St. and 1st Ave.), New York. 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Lunch will be served. RSVP by Sept. 15 to Cayman Mitchell at: cmitchell@unitedmethodistwomen.org.

23 September 2014Law and Religion Seminar sponsored by the Human Rights Center of Ghent University in Belgium. If you would like to attend please register by emailing Lourdes Peroni at hrcevent@ugent.be.

24 September 2014. Faith and Feminism: A Critical ConversationBerkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., St. Regis Hotel, Washington, D.C.

5-7 October 2014. 21st Annual International Law and Religion Symposium, "Varieties of Secularism, Religion, and the Law", Brigham Young University Law School, Provo, Utah.