Center-Related Conferences and Events 2013

4-7 January 2013. The Association of American Law Schools (AALS) 2013 Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana. [Schedule-at-a-glance, PDF]

14-15 January 2013. Conference on Law and Religion in Africa: Comparative Practices, Experiences, and Prospects, sponsored by the Unit for the Study of Law and Religion, Faculty of Theology, Stellenbosch University, South Africa; the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, South Africa; the Law Faculty, University of Ghana, Legon; the Center for the Study of Law and Religion, Emory University, United States; and the International Center for Law and Religion Studies, J. Reuben Clark Law School,  Brigham Young University, United States; held at the University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana [Program, PDF]

20 March 2013. Discussion Series Lecture, Cole Durham, “Against Free Exercise Reductionism”, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University.

23 April 2013. Cole Durham opening lecture, “Freedom of Religion or Belief — Emerging Tensions,” at the Oxford Journal of Law and Religion Lecture Series (Trinity Term): ‘Changing Nature of Religious Rights under International Law – 30 Years after the 1981 Declaration’. Public lectures, Tuesdays 5.00 pm, Regent’s Park College.  

25-27 April 2013. Challenges for Democracy: Religion, Law and Dialogue in the CIS and Baltics, held at the  Baltic International Academyin Riga, Latvia, Cole Durham and Elizabeth Clark participating. Sponsored by the Baltic International Academy; the Academy of Labor and Social Relations (Moscow), the Coordinating Council of CIS and the Baltics on Theoretical and Practical Religious Studies, the Center of Religious Studies Research “ReligioPolis” (Moscow), and the International Center for Law and Religion Studies at Brigham Young University (USA).

29 April 2013. “Unprecedented Repression of Religious Minorities and NGOs in Russia,” a side-event organized by Human Rights Without Frontiers Int’l (HRWF Int’l), the International Association for Religious Freedom (IARF) and the David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies (KCIS), held at the UN in Geneva, Cole Durham moderating.

8 May 2013. Discussion Series Lecture, Elizabeth Clark, “Converging Challenges to Religious Freedom,” J. Reuben Clark Law School, Provo, Utah.

10-11 May 2013. International Conference, Models of Relationship of State and Church: Contemporary Tendencies,” Yerevan, Armenia, David Kirkham, keynote speaker. 

14 May 2013.  Law and Religion Scholars Network (LARSN) Annual Conference 2013Centre for Law and Religion, Cardiff University Law School. David Kirkham, presenting.

16 May 2013. The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, 18th Anniversary Canterbury Medal Dinner, honoring Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Pierre Hotel, New York City.

23-24 May 2013. International Symposium on Iraq, ‘Human Rights and Justice in Iraq’, Istanbul, Turkey. The symposium is sponsored by the International Jurists Union, Istanbul University, Istanbul Sehir University, Istanbul Yeni Yüzyil University, Association of Researchers on The Middle East and Africa (ORDAF), and Lawyers’ Association, Brett Scharffs presenting.

25 May 2013. World Festival of Religious Freedom, Anhangabaú Valley, São Paulo, Brazil, sponsored by the International Religious Liberty Association, Cole Durham attending.

28 May 2013. Conference “The Religious Factor in the Social-Political Life of Contemporary Russia: Religion and Law in State Policies“, organized by the Center for the Study of the Problems of Religion and Society, Institute of Europe of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and the Guild of Experts on Religion and Law, held at the Scientific Council of the Institute of Europe of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Cole Durham participating.

30 May 2013. National Religious Freedom Conferencehosted by the American Religious Freedom Program of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, Gary Doxey participating.

7 June 2013. Panel discussion on Freedom of Religion and Church-State Relations in Hungary: The State of Play after the Fourth Amendment of the Fundamental Law, chairs Renáta Uitz and W. Cole Durham, Jr.; organized by the International Center for Law and Religion Studies, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University, United States, and Central European University, Legal Studies Department; venue, Popper Room, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary.

7-8 June 2013. Freedom of Religion and Non-Discrimination: The Collision of Identities, conference held at Central European University, Budapest, Hungary, co-sponsored by the Department of Legal Studies (CEU), the International Center for Law and Religion Studies (Brigham Young University).

14 June 2013. Cole Durham awarded honorary doctorate from Ovidius University, Constanta, Romania.

17 June 2013. Seminar in Celebration of Mary Ann Glendon, Florence, Italy. Cole Durham attending.

17-22 June 2013. Oxford Journal of Law and Religion Summer Academy 2013, Regent’s Park College Oxford.

18-20 June 2013. Oxford Conference, International Protection of Religious Freedom, Emerging Issues, Harris Manchester College and other locations in Oxford.

27-28 June 2013. Annual Law and Religion Roundtable, held at Stanford Law School.

12 July 2013. Discussion Series Lecture, “David Kirkham, “Freedom of Conscience and the American Identity,” J. Reuben Clark Law School, Provo, Utah.

15-16 July 2013. Fourth Summer Certificate Training Program in China, Beijing.

19-21 August 2013. ICLRS hosts the XIII Coloquio del Consorcio Latinoamericano de Libertad Religiosa, “Libertad Religiosa, Igualdad y Autonomía de las Entidades Religiosas”, Richmond Virginia, USA.

21-23 August 2013. Third Conference of the International Consortium for Law and Religion Studies, “Religion, Democracy, and Equality, Richmond, Charlottesville, and Williamsburg, Virginia.

4 September 2013. Discussion Series Lecture, Brett Scharffs, “Can Public Reason Accommodate Conscience?”  J. Reuben Clark Law School, Provo, Utah.

16-25 September 2013. Second Certificate Training Program on Religion and the Rule of Law, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

6-8 October 2013. Twentieth Annual International Law and Religion Symposium, Religion and Human Rights, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah.

9-10 October 2013. “Freedom to Flourish: Is Religious Freedom Necessary for Peace, Prosperity, and Democracy?” Center co-sponsored event at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. Robert Smith and Cole Durham participating.

10-11 October 2013. International Congress of Constanta (Romania), on the anniversary of 1700 years from the proclamation of the Edict of Milan (313):  “The Edict of Milan and Religious Liberty:  The Impact of this Liberty over the Centuries,” held in Constanta, Romania. Sponsored by Academy of Romanian Scientists (The Centre for Religious and Juridical-Canonical Study and Research of the Three Monotheistic Religions:  Mosaic, Christian, and Islamic), Ovidius University of Constanta (Romania). Organized in collaboration with: The International Center for Law and Religion Studies at Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School, United States; The University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland; Ivane Javakhishvili Tblisi State University, Georgia; The Pontifical University of John Paul II in Cracow, Poland;The Archdiocese of Tomis (Constanta/Romania) (The Institute for Religious, Cultural and Juridical-Canonical Studies); The Romanian-Arab Culture and Press Club. Center representative James Faulconer.

10-12 October 2013. Annual Meeting of the American Society of Comparative Law, Little Rock, Arkansas.

30-31 October 2013. International Symposium on Freedom and Security, Istanbul, Turkey.  Brett Scharffs participating.

1 November 2013.  China Certificate Training Program Alumni Meeting in Beijing. Brett Scharffs attending.

2-4 November 2013. Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Institute of World Religions China Social Sciences Forum – World Religions and the Dialogue of Civilizations, Brett Scharffs presenting “Can Public Reason Accommodate Conscience?”

7-9 November 2013. Conference on “Islam in the Law: Sharia, Secularism, and Society in the Euro-Mediterranean Region,” Ifrane, Morocco, Cole Durham participating.

3-5 December 2013. Second International Religious Freedom Conference, “Tearing Down Walls:  Achieving Religious Equality in Turkey“, sponsored by the Order of St. Andrew the Apostle, Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, held in Berlin, Germany. Cole Durham speaking in a panel on “Tearing Down Walls:  Legal and Humanitarian Perspectives on Equality, State Neutrality, and Pluralism.”