ICLRS at the 2015 Parliament of the World’s Religions

The International Center for Law and Religion Studies participated in three sessions of the 2015 Parliament of the World’s Religions in Salt Lake City. 15-19 October 2016. W. Cole Durham, Jr., Center Director, and Brett Scharffs, Associate Director, organized these sessions to discuss religious freedom issues highlighted by Parliament organizers.

Durham moderated the panel Religion, Religious Freedom and Development, featuring the following global experts:

These experts discussed the importance of taking religious engagement and religious freedom policies into account in shaping policies that can advance development and help overcome poverty and wealth disparities worldwide. More information on this session and the panelists is available here

A second panel, Conscience, Freedom of Religious Expression and Hate Speech: Balancing Freedoms in Peacebuilding, moderated by Professor Brett Scharffs, featured

This prominent group of human rights experts discussed developments since adoption of the Rabat Plan of Action, and how members of different religious communities can play a constructive role in working with governments and other civil society actors to strike an appropriate balance between protection of religious expression rights and avoiding inflammatory incitement situations. More detail on this session and the panelists is available here

The Contraceptive Mandate Debate: Hobby Lobby and Beyond, moderated by Professor Durham, featured

These national-level experts identified key issues and legal arguments for and against protecting religious freedom in the aftermath of the Hobby Lobby decision. To learn more about this session and its presenters, click here

The Parliament of the World’s Religions is the oldest, the largest, and the most inclusive gathering of people of all faith and traditions. To find out more about this remarkable event, go the event website