28th Annual International Law and Religion Symposium

Finding Collaborative Solutions to Promote Freedom of Religion or Belief

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Schedule of Events (all times UTC-6)

Sunday, October 3, 2021

6:00 – 7:00 PM MDT
Keynote Session “Collaborative Approaches to Freedom of Religion or Belief: A Time to Heal” (translation in French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Russian)
Moderated Discussion

Monday, October 4, 2021

8:00 – 8:45 AM MDT     Keynote Discussion “Working Together to Promote Freedom of Religion or Belief in a Divisive World” (translation in French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Russian)
8:45 – 9:30 AM MDT
Regional Breakout Session – Africa (translation in French)
Moderated Discussion
8:45 – 9:30 AM MDT
Regional Breakout Session – Asia (translation in Russian)
Moderated Discussion

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

8:00 – 9:00 AM MDT
Plenary: Collaboration Roundtable “Challenges and Keys to Successful Collaborations in Promoting Freedom of Religion or Belief”  (translation in French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Russian)
Moderated Discussion
9:00 – 9:45 AM MDT
Regional Breakout Session – Latin America and the Caribbean (translation in Spanish)
Moderated Discussion

Keynote Session: “Working Together to Promote Freedom of Religion or Belief in a Divisive World”

Brett G. Scharffs

Rex E. Lee Chair and Professor of Law; Director, International Center for Law and Religion Studies, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University

Elder Ronald A. Rasband

Member, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, The Church of Jesus   Christ of Latter-day Saints

Sharon Eubank

President, Latter-day Saint Charities; first counselor, General Relief        Society Presidency, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Elder Jack N. Gerard

General Authority Seventy; Executive Director of the Church Communication Department, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Keynote Roundtable: “Challenges and Keys to Successful Collaborations in Promoting Freedom of Religion or Belief”

Ambassador Jos Douma

Special Envoy for Religion and Belief, The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Mohamed Elsanousi

Executive Director, The Network for Religious and Traditional Peacemakers

Melissa Rogers

Executive Director, the White House Office of Faith-Based and                                                   Neighborhood Partnerships and Senior Director for Faith and Public Policy within the Domestic Policy Council

Knox Thames

Senior Visiting Expert, U.S. Institute of Peace

Regional Session - Africa

David H. Moore

Sterling and Eleanor Colton Endowed Chair in Law and Religion; Associate Director, International Center for Law and Religion Studies, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University

Akin Ibidapo-Obe

Professor in the Department of Public Law, Faculty of Law, University of Lagos, Nigeria

Kofi Quashigah

President of the African Consortium for Law and Religion Studies (ACLARS), Professor at the School of Law, University of Ghana

Lee Scharnick-Udemans

Senior Researcher, The Desmond Tutu Centre for Religion and Social Justice

Regional Session - Asia

W. Cole Durham Jr.

Founding Director, International Center for Law and Religion Studies, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University

Nadine Maenza

Chair, United States Commission on International Religious Freedom

Timothy Shah

Senior Fellow, Archbridge Institute; Principal Investigator, Freedom of Religious Institutions Society (FORIS) project

Dicky Sofjan

Core Doctoral Faculty in the Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies (ICRS), based in the Graduate School of Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) in Yogyakarta

Eugene Yapp

Senior Fellow with the Religious Freedom Institute of the South and South East Asia team (RFI SSEAT)

Keynote Discussion: “Working Together to Promote Freedom of Religion or Belief in a Divisive World”

Francesco Di Lillo

Director, EU and International Affairs Office, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Susan Kerr

Senior Adviser on Freedom of Religion or Belief at the Organization for   Security and Co-operation in Europe, Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights   (OSCE/ODIHR)

Regional Session - Latin America and the Caribbean

Gary B. Doxey

Associate Director, International Center for Law and Religion Studies, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University

José Antonio Calvi

President, Latin American Consortium for Religious Liberty; Legal Counsel, Peruvian Conference of Catholic Bishops

Astrid Ríos

Vice-president and Executive Director, Asociación La Familia Importa

Elena López Ruf

Lawyer; Teacher of Legal Philosophy at Catholic University of Argentina; Consultant to the United Nations Development Program in Argentina (UNDP Argentina)