Annual Symposium 2005: “Religion and the World’s Legal Traditions”

BYU Law Review Volume 2006, No. 3

The Twelfth Annual International Law and Religion Symposium, from which this issue draws, focused on religion and the world’s legal traditions. Some papers in the Law Review issue address issues of religion and law that cut across national boundaries, such as rulings of the European Court of Human Rights, democracy and Islam, and changes in Roman Catholic doctrine since the Second Vatican Council, and the grounds for objections to proselyting. Other articles address religious freedom and religion-state relations in South Africa, New Zealand, India, and Spain.


  • Reflections on the Path of Religion-State Relations in New Zealand, Rex J. Ahdar
  • Religious Law and Secular Law in Democracy: The Evolutions of the Roman Catholic Doctrine After the Second Vatican Council, Louis-Leon Christians
  • Religious Freedom and Human Rights in South Africa After 1996: Responses and Challenges, Cornel W. du Toit
  • Church-State Relations in the European Court of Human Rights, Carolyn Evans and Christopher A. Thomas
  • Democracy and Islam: An Odyssey in Braving the Twenty-First Century. Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani
  • Religion, Law, and Judiciary in Modern India, Tahir Mahmood
  • Religious Freedom and Democratic Change in Spain, Javier Martinez-Torron
  • The Questionable Grounds of Objections to Proselytism and Certain Other Forms of Religious Expression, Paul M. Taylor


  • Defining One’s Own Concept of Existence and the Meaning of the Universe: The Presumption of Liberty in Lawrence v. Texas, Mitchell F. Park