Nineteenth Annual International Law and Religion Symposium – Provo, 7-9 October 2012

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Nineteenth Annual International Law and Religion Symposium – Provo, 7-9 October 2012

The 19th Annual International Law and Religion Symposium was held 7-9 October 2012 at the J. Reuben Clark Law School on the campus of Brigham Young University.

The Symposium – “Religion, Democracy, and Civil Society” opened as delegates, invited guests, hosts, students, and friends of the university, as well as viewers worldwide accessing the live Internet stream, heard keynote addresses by Professor Silvio FerrariAmbassador Suzan Johnson Cook, and Commissioner Katrina Lantos Swett. Professor Ferrari also received this year’s Distinguished Service Award.

During the two days following, more than 75 experts – including government and religious leaders as well as leading academics, from the United States and more than 40 other countries – met in plenary sessions to consider the topics “The Role of Religion in Democratic Transformations”, “Religious Organizations, Civil Society, and Pluralism”…

19th Annual International Law and Religion Symposium: The Opening Session

The 19th Annual International Law and Religion Symposium opened as delegates, invited guests, hosts, students, and mbmers of the university community, as well as viewers worldwide who were able to access the live Internet stream, heard keynote addresses by Professor Silvio FerrariAmbassador Suzan Johnson Cook, and Commissioner Katrina Lantos Swett

Silvio Ferrari, Professor of Canon Law at the University of Milan and Professor of Church-State Relations at the University of Leuven in Belgium, spoke about the meaning of the secular state, proposing that it originally grew from the Christian legal tradition based on divine natural law. In a…

Symposium 2012 Photos Now Available Online

Please be aware that photographs by Erlyn and Duane Madsen, Linda Nearon, Lynn Anderson, and David Westerby taken during the 18th Annual International Law and Religion Symposium (2011) are now available online. Photos from the 2012 Symposium – taken by Matt Imbler, Crys Kevan Lee, Page Johnson, and David Christensen – have also been posted. To view photos from recent Symposia, click the links below:

Professor Silvio Ferrari Receives 2012 Distinguished Service Award

The International Center for Law and Religion Studies of the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University is pleased to announce that the Distinguished Service Award for 2012 was presented to Professor Silvio Ferrari at the Nineteenth Annual International Law and Religion Symposium on the evening of 8 October 2012 in Provo, Utah. The award is given annually to outstanding proponents of the cause of freedom of religion or belief worldwide, and the Center is most pleased to recognize the longtime and extensive contributions of Professor Ferrari to this cause. 

Silvio Ferrari is Professor of Canon Law at the University of Milan and Professor of Church-State Relations at the University of Leuven in Belgium. He has been visiting professor in Paris (École Pratique des Hautes Études) and Berkeley (University of California). He advises many international organizations, including the European Union and the Organization for the Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). He has founded, together with other professors, the European Consortium for Church and State Research. Professor Ferrari is a member of the…

Symposium 2012: Keynote Speakers

The International Center for Law and Religion Studies was pleased to welcome three distinguished keynote speakers for the Nineteenth Annual International Law and Religion Symposium: Professor Silvio Ferrari of the law faculties of the universities of Milan (Italy) and Leuven (Belgium), Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett, Chair of the United States’ Commission on International Religious Freedom, and Ambassador Suzan Johnson Cook, U.S. Ambassador at Large for International Freedom.&nbsp…

Symposium 2012: Student Executive Committee

The International Center for Law and Religion Studies is pleased to recognize the Student Executive Committee for the Nineteenth 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 Center Associate Director Elizabeth Clark and Coordinator Deborah Wrigh.

The committee members were divided into five teams: Cecily Couture and Michelle Jeffs coordinated and oversaw the Master Schedule of all Symposium events…

Symposium 2012: The Hosts

The International Center for Law and Religion Studies is grateful once again this year for the indispensable help of our friends who have volunteered to assist in hosting delegates to the annual International Law and Religion Symposium. The Hosting Committee is chaired by Linda Nearon and Lynn Anderson. A number of the hosts have served with us for some time, and we express our continual gratitude to these capable and generous people for making the Symposium such a memorable experience for all who attend, year after year. We enthusiastically welcome those who have more recently joined us as hosts, and we look forward to a long and fruitful association.

Symposium 2012: Student Volunteers

Every year in early October the International Center for Law and Religion Studies at Brigham Young University’s J. Reuben Clark Law School welcomes student volunteers from the Law School and from the wider University community to assist in the management of the International Law and Religion Symposium. Recruited and organized by the Symposium Executive Committee Recruitment Team, approximately 50 students provide transportation, interpretation, and other assistance for delegates during the Symposium and the two days before and after, as delegates travel to and…