Religion and Rule of Law: The Legal System and Religion in a Harmonious Society

The conference was hosted by the Institute of World Religions and Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and held in Beijing, People’s Republic of China, on May 30-June 2, 2008.

Cole Durham, director of the Center, made a presentation titled “A Perspective from the US on the Legal Status of Religious Organizations”. Brett Scharffs, Associate Director of the Center, presented on “Comparative Approaches to Legislation Concerning Law and Religion”.


  • Institute of World Religions
  • Chinese Academy of Social Sciences


  • International Center for Law and Religion Studies at Brigham Young University
  • Beijing Pu Shi Institute for Social Science Research
  • Institute for Global Engagement
  • Oslo Coalition on Freedom of Religion or Belief
  • J.M. Dawson Institute of Church-State Studies at Baylor University

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