29th Annual International Law and Religion Symposium

Religion's Roles in Peacebuilding

Peacebuilding is broader than just ending conflicts; it also includes building a just society that will be able to remain at peace. What role can religion and religious organizations play in establishing this lasting peace and justice throughout the world? To what extent have religiously-motivated individuals and groups help build peace in our communities? What remains to be done? Scholars, government and intergovernmental leaders, civil society activists, and religious leadership address these questions on a global and national level at this year’s Annual International Law and Religion Symposium.

The Symposium will be held in person at the BYU Law School this year. Attendance is by invitation only, but keynote and plenary sessions will be live streamed in English and available later for viewing in various languages.

Schedule of Events

Location: J. REUBEN CLARK BUILDING (UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED)

Sunday, Oct. 2

  • 7:00–8:15 PM OPENING SESSION (JRCB 303)
  • 8:30–9:30 PM RECEPTION (Fritz B. Burns Memorial Lounge, JRCB 2nd Floor)

Monday, Oct. 3

  • 9:00–10:30 AM FIRST PLENARY SESSION Understanding Religion and Peacebuilding (JRCB 303)
  • 10:30–10:45 AM BREAK
  • 10:45–11:45 AM BREAKOUT SESSIONS (choose one)
    • Azerbaijan and Ukraine (JRCB 303)
    • Reflections from Legislators of the Dominican Republic (JRCB 306)
    • Philippines, Malaysia, and South Korea (JRCB 314)
    • Media Perspectives (JRCB 205)
    • Cape Verde, Mozambique, and South Africa (JRCB 206)
  • NOON–1:45 PM LUNCH FOR CONFERENCE DELEGATES AND INVITED GUESTS (Garden Court, Wilkinson Student Center)
  • 1:45–2:15 PM GROUP PHOTO FOR DELEGATES
  • 2:15–3:45 PM SECOND PLENARY SESSION Peacemaking, Religion, and Diplomacy (JRCB 303)
  • 3:45-4:00 PM BREAK
  • 4:00-5:00 PM BREAKOUT SESSIONS (choose one)
    • Canada and the United Kingdom (JRCB 303)
    • Brazil, Dominican Republic, Honduras, and Mexico (JRCB 306)
    • Cambodia, Indonesia, and Vietnam (JRCB 314)
    • Chile, Guatemala, and Panama (JRCB 205)
    • Ethiopia (JRCB 206)

Tuesday, Oct. 4

  • 9:00–10:15 AM THIRD PLENARY SESSION Religion and Interfaith Engagement in Times of Conflict and Disaster (JRCB)
  • 10:15–10:30 AM BREAK
  • 10:30–11:30 AM BREAKOUT SESSIONS (choose one)
    • Islamic Perspectives on Human Dignity (JRCB 303)
    • Reflections from the Counsel of Religious Organizations (JRCB 306)
    • Mongolia (JRCB 314)
    • Brazil, Chile, Dominican Republic, and Mexico (JRCB 205)
    • The Gambia (JRCB 206)
  • 11:30–11:45 AM BREAK
  • 11:45 AM–12:45 PM BREAKOUT SESSIONS (choose one)
    • Judicial Roundtable (JRCB 303)
    • Reflections from Religious Leaders—Session 1 (JRCB 306)
    • Afghanistan and Pakistan (JRCB 314)
    • Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana (JRCB 206)
  • 1:00–2:15 PM LUNCH FOR CONFERENCE DELEGATES AND INVITED GUESTS (Garden Court, Wilkinson Student Center)
  • 2:15–3:00 PM KEYNOTE SESSION (JRCB 303)
  • 3:00–3:15 PM BREAK
  • 3:15–4:00 PM BREAKOUT SESSIONS (choose one)
    • Jordan and Sudan (JRCB 303)
    • Reflections from Religious Leaders—Session 2 (JRCB 306)
    • New Zealand (JRCB 314)
    • Mexico and Peru (JRCB 205)
    • Democratic Republic of the Congo (JRCB 206)
  • 4:00–4:15 PM BREAK
  • 4:15–5:45 PM FOURTH PLENARY SESSION Conference Summation and Concluding Reflections on Conference Themes (JRCB 303)

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