Fourth Certificate Training in Vietnam: Religion and the Rule of Law

Brigham Young University Law School professors Cole Durham and Brett Scharffs, Director and Associate Director of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies, participated in the fourth Certificate Training Program on Religion and the Rule of Law in Vietnam, held 14-23 September 2015 in Hanoi. Co-sponsored by the Center, the Institute for Global Engagement, and the University of Social Sciences and Humanities Hanoi, these annual training programs bring together experts in religion and good governance from Asia, Europe, and the United States with government officials, policy advisors, faith leaders, researchers, professors, and students — this year almost 70 of them — to strengthen a growing network of experts on law and religion in Vietnam and throughout Southeast Asia. In addition to providing course materials based on the Vietnamese translation of their casebook, Law and Religion: National, International, and Comparative Perspectives, Scharffs and Durham joined with IGE personnel to respond to the invitation of the Vietnamese National Assembly to provide feedback and recommendations on the country’s current draft law on religion.