ICLRS and Pardubice University sponsor “State Responses to Security Threats and Religious Diversity” in Prague, November 26–28, 2018

Pardubice University’s Department for the Study of Religions and the International Center for Law and Religion Studies at Brigham Young University’s J. Reuben Clark Law School co-sponsored the conference, “State Responses to Security Threats and Religious Diversity: What Future for Europe in the Beginning of the 3rd Millennium?” The conference was held in Prague, Czech Republic on November 26-28, 2018. 

The main objective of this conference was to analyze state responses to security threats and the impact this has on religious diversity in Central and Eastern Europe. Some of the questions discussed were: What is the future for religious diversity in Europe and Eastern Europe? How has European religious thinking formed our present understanding of religious tolerance and diversity? Can expanded religious freedom support national security? Connected with these questions are discussions about religious freedom and its limits as given by different, sometimes even conflicting, sections of legislation, constitutions, or executive action and judgments of pan-European courts. A second, connected aim of the conference is to discuss case studies related to the issues of state responses to security threats.

The conference was held in Czech, Russian, and English. Selected papers will be published in Pantheon, Journal for the Study of Religions (under the condition of acceptance by its editorial board, through the standard process of double blind peer-reviews). The journal is indexed in ERIH Plus database.