Seventeenth Annual International Law and Religion Symposium: “Religion in Contemporary Legal Systems”

October 2010 – Provo, Utah, USA

The International Center for Law and Religion Studies at Brigham Young University held its Seventeenth Annual International Law and Religion Symposium 3-5 October 2010 at the J. Reuben Clark Law School in Provo, Utah.  The theme for the Symposium was “Religion in Contemporary Legal Systems,” and participants addressed the topics “Regulating Religious Speech and Symbols”, “Islamic Practice: Differing Experiences” and “The Religion Jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights.” Keynote addresses at the opening session on 3 October were globally renowned jurist, scholar, and educator Dr. Tahir Mahmood, immediate past member, Law Commission of India, and the Honorable Thomas B. Griffith, Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Colombia.  Also at the opening session, Dr. Mahmood became the first non-American to receive the Center’s highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award.

At a related event on 7 October 2010 in Washington, D.C., the Center joined with the DC Chapter of the J. Reuben Clark Society in bestowing its inaugural International Religious Liberty Award upon the Honorable Joseph Lieberman, United States Senator from Connecticut.