The Second Conference of the International Consortium for Law and Religions Studies (ICLARS), was held 8-10 September 2011 at Pontifica Universidad Católica in Santiago, Chile. ICLARS is an international network of scholars and experts of law and religion. It began in 2007, with the aim of providing a place where information, data, and opinions could be exchanged among members and made available to the broader scientific community. To this end, ICLARS organizes conferences and publishes a newsletter. The First ICLARS Conference, “Law and Religion in the 21st Century: Relations between States and Religious Communities,” was held in Milan in 2009; its proceedings have been published by Ashgate.
The theme of this second conference was Religion and Constitution, and speakers from South and North America, Europe, Africa, Israel, China, and Nepal addressed the topic, in panels discussing wide-ranging consitutional issues, touching upon such issuees as education, conscience, minorities, and equal treatment, including considerations from Christian, Jewish, and Muslim perspectives and including a consideration of “Religion and Equal Treatment in China and Nepal”.
Professor W. Cole Durham, Jr., Susa Young Gates University Professor of Law and Director of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies (ICLRS) of the Brigham Young University Law School (Provo, Utah, USA), delivered the Conference keynote address, “Religion and the World’s Constitutions”. Professor Durham, as one of the Editors-in-Chief of the newly announced Oxford Journal of Law and Religion,also participated on the panel “Law and Religion Journals: Starting a Dialogue.” As a concluding matter of the Conference, Professor Durham was installed as ICLARS President, for a term of four years, following Professor Silvio Ferrari, University of Milan, Founding President of ICLARS. Ana María Celis Brunet, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, was nominated as ICLARS Vice President
Also participating in the conference and panelists or chairs were (*indicates member of the ICLARS Steering Committee; ^ a member of the ICLARS secretariat):
The following people represented Academic Journals:
Co-sponsors of the Conference included the International Center for Law and Reigion Studies, Centro de Libertad Religiosa Derecho UC, Cambridge University Press, Santander, CCU, Perez de Arce Abogados, Pucobre, AIS, Banco Security, ONAR (Ministerío Secretarià General de la Presidencia).