“Religion, Law and Governance in Southeast Asia: Comparative Legal Perspectives”

January 2010 – Kuala Lumpur

A conference on “Religion, Law and Governance in Southeast Asia: Comparative Legal Perspectives,” sponsored by the International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies (IAIS), the Faculty of Law of the University of Malaysia, the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies of Amity University, and the International Center for Law and Religion Studies at BYU, was held 29-31 January 2010 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The aim of the conference was to provide studies of the role religion plays in the laws and policies and constitutional regimes of governments of Southeast Asia and to explore in greater depth the ways that the relationship of religion and state affects the lives of individuals and communities in these countries. Presenters at the conference were approximately twenty experts on these issues from Southeast Asian countries, India, Europe, and America.