Twentieth Annual International Law and Religion Symposium, 6-8 October 2013

More than 80 distinguished delegates from more than 40 countries met, along with approximately 200 guests and students at the Twentieth Annual International Law and Religion Symposium of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies, held October 6-9, 2013 at the J. Reuben Clark Law School on the campus of Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. Delegates 

The theme of this year’s conference – “Religion and Human Rights” – was chosen for its timeliness and urgency, and also in acknowledgment of the 1700th anniversary of the proclamation of the Edict of Milan, the 313 A.D. agreement between the Roman Emperors of the East and the West that granted religious freedom throughout the Roman Empire.  

Keynote speakers at the opening session on the evening of October 6th 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. Professor Evans, who is a member of the Center’s Academic Advisory Board, received the Center’s 2013 Distinguished Service Award.

For the succeeding two days delegates participated in panels discussing conference sub-themes: “Religious and Philosophical Foundations of Human Rights” – “Tensions and Synergies Between Religious and Other Human Rights” – “Judicial Perspectives on Religion and Human Rights.”

For more information, consult the Symposium Web Page or the links below.