The Twentieth Annual International Law and Religion Symposium

The 20th Annual International Law and Religion Symposium has concluded in Provo, Utah. Symposium participants engaged in discussion of this year’s theme, “Religion and Human Rights, addressing such conference sub-themes as “Religious and Philosophical Foundations of Human Rights”, “Tensions and Synergies Between Religious and Other Human Rights”, and “Judicial Perspectives on Religion and Human Rights.” 

  • More than 80 distinguished delegates from 42 countries brought the total number of delegates to have come in the 20 years of this Annual Symposium to more than 1000, from more than 120 countries.
  • Keynote speakers at the opening session were Françoise Tulkens, ad hoc judge and former Vice President of the European Court of Human Rights, and Malcolm Evans, OBE, Professor of Public International Law at the University of Bristol Law School and Chair of the United Nations Sub Committee for the Prevention of Torture. 
  • Many of the conference sessions have been heard worldwide in seven languages (English, French, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, and Ukrainian) via live webcast. 
  • All sessions of the conference have been recorded for later access. Links to recordings will appear on this site as soon as they are available. In the meantime, many drafts of papers, PowerPoint presentations and presenters’ speaking notes appear here, and reports of some Symposium sessions are available here.
  • All Symposium participants who would like to share photographs of the event (to be posted here) are invited to send photos or a request to be invited to the Symposium 2013 Photo Dropbox to Donlu Thayer at thayed@law.byu.edu.

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