Center-Related Conferences and Events 2015

9-11 February 2015. Wilton Park Conference on “Developing a Multilateral Approach to Freedom of Religion or Belief:  A European Perspective” at Wilton House, West Sussex, UK.  Cole Durham participating.

23-28 February 2015. International Conference: “Towards Law and Religious Freedom in Africa”, an initiative of the Centre for Human Rights of the Faculty of Law, University of Lagos in collaboration with the Nigerian Bar Association (Lagos and Ikeja Branches); African Consortium for Law and Religion Studies, South Africa and International Centre for Law and Religion Studies, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University, Utah, United States of America.  Cole Durham participating.

22-23 March 2015. Conference Legal and Moral Challenges of Religious Resurgence, sponsored by The International Consortium for Law and Religion Studies and the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, in Jerusalem. Cole Durham and Brett Scharffs participating. 

28 March 2015. Freedom of Religion Weekend Workshop, co-sponsored by Wayne State University Law School, The International Religious Liberty Institute, and The Detroit Chapter of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society, in Detroit, Michigan.

2-3 April 2015. Annual Spring Meeting of the International Advisory Council, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

6 April 2015. LDS International Society Conference, held at Brigham Young University, in Provo, Utah

16 April 2015. Religious Freedom and Foreign Policy, sponsored by The British Council, the Religion Newswriters Foundation, the Center on Religion and the Professions at Missouri School of Journalism, Lancaster University (UK), and the Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum Institute, Knight Conference Center, Washington, DC.  Cole Durham participating.

11-12 May 2015.  Conference “Religion and the Rule of Law Comparative Studies: Vietnam and the United States”, co-sponsored by the Institute for Global Engagement (IGE), Brigham Young University (BYU), and Vietnam National University’s University of Social Sciences (USSH), Washington, D.C.

14-16 May 2015. Conference “Challenges and Opportunities: Religious Freedom Development in the Sphere of Law” [English]  [Armenian/հայերեն&]  [Russian/ русский язык(Yerevan, Armenia) Elizabeth Clark participating.

18-19 May 2015. Conference of the African Consortium of Law and Religion: “Religious Freedom and Religious Pluralism in Africa: Prospects and Limitations” (Windhoek, Namibia) Cole Durham and Bob Smith participating.

20-22 May 2015. Conference Religion and development: making better policy to make a bigger difference in Africa, Wilton Park sponsored conference (Cape Town, South Africa) Cole Durham and Bob Smith attending. [Programme]

21 May 2015. The Importance of Application of the Freedom of Conscience in a Democratic Society, Trnava Faculty, Department for legal issues of religious freedom (Trnava University, Slovakia)  Elizabeth Clark participating.

21-23 May 2015.  5th Annual Colloquium of the Latin American Consortium for Religious Liberty, “Advances and Setbacks in the Legal Protection of Religious Liberty” (Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City)  Gary Doxey participating.

25-26 May 2015. ReligioWest / European Research Council, Preparatory Conference Towards the Final Report [Draft Programme] (San Domenico di Fiesole, Italy), Cole Durham participating.

30-31 May 2015. Symposium on Marxist Theories of Religion, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing, Brett Scharffs presenting “The Relationship of Religion and the State: The Surprising Similarities and Important Differences in the Political Philosophy of Marx and Locke.” 

5-6 June 2015. Central European University Annual Law and Religion Conference: Religion and Equality: Contemporary Challenges in Accomodating Diversity” in Budapest, Hungary. Cole Durham and Brett Scharffs participating.

8-12 June 2015.  Brett Scharffs at two conferences in Indonesia: at Gadja Mada University in Yogyakarta and at Muhammadiyah University in Malang.

21-24 June 2015. Oxford Conference: “Magna Carta and Freedom of Religion or Belief” at St. Hugh’s College, Oxford. Cole Durham, Brett Scharffs, David Kirkham, Donlu Thayer participating.

25-26 June 2015. Conference on OSCE Guiding Principles on Legal Personality of Religious Communities, held in Louvain, Belgium.

6-8 July 2015.  Religious Freedom Annual Review, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah.

20-24 July 2015. Sixth Summer Program on Religion and the Rule of Law, held in Beijing, People’s Republic of China.

25 July 2015. “The Boundaries of Religious Activities,” held in Beijing, People’s Republic of China.

10-14 August  2015.  The 17th annual “Meeting of Experts,” organized by the International Religious Liberty Association (IRLA), Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA. Cole Durham participating.

15 August 2015.  Beijing Union University Conference, Beijing, PRC. Brett Scharffs participating, “Vietnam’s Proposed ’Law on Religions and Beliefs’: Differentiating Core, Important, and Desirable Factors Regarding Religion and the Rule of Law — State and Religious Interests”

8-9 September 2015. “Advancing Freedom of Religion or Belief for All” Conference, held at Theological School of Halki, Turkey 

14-25 September 2015. Certificate Training Program on Religion and the Rule of Law, held in Hanoi, Vietnam.

4-7 October 2015. 22nd Annual International Law and Religion Symposium: “Religion, Law, and Social Stability” at Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah.

8-9 October 2015. “International Religious Freedom:  Toward a Model of Transatlantic Cooperation,” a Policy Dialogue, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.

15-19 October 2015.  Parliament of the World’s Religions, in Salt Lake City, Utah. 

22-23 October 2015. Comparative and International Perspectives against the Background of the Annual Report of the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief, various locations, New York City.

5-6 November 2015. Notre Dame Law Review Annual Symposium: “Religious Liberty and the Free Society: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Dignitatis Humanae” at University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana. 

7 November 2015. Religious Freedom in a Changing World, University of Utah Law School, Salt Lake City, UT. 

9 November 2015. “Rights Cherished or Freedoms Perished? Perspectives on the future of freedom of conscience, religion and belief and freedom of expression” at Inns of Court, London, England. 

10 November 2015. Protecting Religious Freedom: An Interfaith Invitation, in Orlando, FL.

16-18 November 2015.  G20 Interfaith Summit, Istanbul: “Religion, Harmony and Sustainable Development”, Griffith University, Brigham Young University, and others.

19 November 2015. Launch Event, The OSCE/ODIHR – Venice Commission Guidelines on the Legal Personality of Religious or Belief Communities, held at Istanbul Bilgi University, Istanbul, Turkey.

20-21 November 2015. International Symposium, “Do Freedoms Unite or Divide:  Negotiating the Borders of Freedom of Expression and Freedom of Religion in a Multicultural World,” sponsored by the Alliance of Civilizations Institute, Fatih Sultan Mehmet Waqf University, held in Istanbul, Turkey. 

30 November to 9 December 2015. Religion and Rule of Law Training Program, convened by the Institute for Global Engagement (IGE), Sitagu International Buddhist Academy (SIBA), Myanmar Council of Churches, Catholic Bishops Conference of Myanmar, and the International Center for Law and Religion Studies at BYU, held in Yangon, Myanmar.

5-8 December 2015. Workshop on “Rights, Dilemmas and the Politicisation of Freedom of Religion or Belief,” Oslo Coalition, held in Oslo, Norway.

10-12 December 2015. “Under Caesar’s Sword,” an International Conference on Christian Responses to Persecution, held in Rome, Italy.