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Opening Session
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D. Gordon Smith Dean, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University
Kevin J Worthen President, Brigham Young University
Brett G. Scharffs Director, International Center for Law and Religion Studies, and Francis R. Kirkham Professor of Law, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University
W. Cole Durham, Jr. – Introduction of Professor Heiner Bielefeldt and Presentation of 2016 Distinguished Service Award Founding Director, International Center for Law and Religion Studies and Susa Young Gates Professor of Law, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University
Heiner Bielefeldt – A Surprisingly Provocative Human Right: Freedom of Religion or Belief UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief; Professor of Human Rights and Human Rights Policy, University of Erlangen Nurnberg
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First Plenary Session: Religious Rights and Culture
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Elizabeth A. Clark – Moderator Associate Director, International Center for Law and Religion Studies, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University
Rajeev Bhargava Director, Institute of Indian Thought, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies
Sahar F. Aziz – Muslim Americans at the Intersection of Religious Freedom and Racial Justice Professor, Texas A&M University School of Law; Nonresident Fellow, Brookings Doha Center
Simon McCrossan – Religion & Culture: Personal observations from the United Kingdom/Europe Barrister; Head of Public Policy, Evangelical Alliance
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Interreligious Cooperation, Religious Rights, and Pluralism 1
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James E. Faulconer – Moderator Richard L. Evans Professor of Philosophy, Brigham Young University
Javier Augusto Del Rio – INTERRELIGIOUS COOPERATION, RELIGIOUS RIGHTS AND PLURALISM Archbishop of Arequipa, Catholic Church
Hameem Mohamed Saleem – Minorities, Majorities and Religious Rights - A Narrative On Muslim Community in Singapore Vice President-I, Jamiyah Singapore
Simon McCrossan – UK’s Counter Extremism Strategy Barrister; Head of Public Policy, Evangelical Alliance
Hélio Carnassale – Religious Education in Brazilian Public Schools - an analysis of applicability Director of Public Affairs and Religious Liberty, South American Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church
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Religious Rights in Europe
Justin Collings Associate Professor of Law, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University
Jaime Rossell Granados – The principle of cooperation as an instrument for the development of the right to religious freedom: the Spanish model Deputy Director General for Religious Affairs, Ministry of Justice
Paulo Jorge Soares Mendes Pinto – The perception of religious freedom as a social representation of the legal framework Coordinator of the Religious Studies Department, Professor, Department of Political Science, Universidade Lusófona
Andrey Lymar Vice Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences in Gdansk
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Latin America: Government Officials
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Gary B. Doxey – Full recording--choose chapter markers for individual recordings Associate Director, International Center for Law and Religion Studies, Brigham Young University Law School
Alfredo Miguel Abriani – Libertad y Diversidad Religiosa en Argentina National Undersecretary for Worship, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Worship of Argentina
Jorge Ramiro Tapia Sainz – La Religión En El Proceso De Cambio Del Estado Plurinacional De Bolivia Diplomatico, Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores del Estado Plurinacional de Bolivia
Oscar Eduardo Ramírez Aguilar President, Board of Directors, Congress of the State of Chiapas, Mexico
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Malaysia and Indonesia
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Brett G. Scharffs Director, International Center for Law and Religion Studies, and Francis R. Kirkham Professor of Law, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University
Mohamed Azam Mohamed Adil – The Position and Implementation of Islamic Law in Malaysia Associate Professor, International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies
Sidik Sunaryo – Transcendental Justice - Legal Ideology of Indonesian Terrorism Law Faculty, University of Muhammadiyah Malang
Tongat – Capital Punishment in the Perspective of Indonesian Criminal Law and Islamic Law Faculty of Law, Muhammadiyah University of Malang
Mokhammad Najih Bin Hanafi – Dilemma Legal Pluralism in Indonesia: Prospects and Role of Islamic Law in the National Legal Reform Faculty of Law, University Muhammadiyah Malang
Khozin – An Analysis on the Implementation of Religious Education Policy in Public Schools Lecturer, Universitas Muhammadiyah Malang
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Burundi and Ethiopia
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Chantal Thompson Teaching Professor of French, Brigham Young University
Herménégilde Ndoricimpa – Les Droits Religieux Dans Un Monde Pluraliste Chancellor, University of Great Lakes
Zenebe Beyene Director, Office of External Relations, Partnerships and Communications, Addis Ababa University
Solomon Fikre Dean, College of Law and Governance Studies, Addis Ababa University
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Second Plenary Session: Minorities, Majorities, and Religious Rights
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Gary B. Doxey Associate Director, International Center for Law and Religion Studies, Brigham Young University Law School
Tassaduq Hussain Jillani – Inter-play of Majority and Minority Religious Rights and the Role of Judiciary Former Chief Justice of Pakistan, Supreme Court of Pakistan
Ana María Celis Brunet Professor and Director of the Center for Law and Religion, Faculty of Law, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile; President, International Consortium for Law and Religion Studies
V. Rev Archimandrite Father Aimilianos Bogiannou – Dialogue: the tool for applying Religious Freedom in modern-day multicultural societies” Director, The Liaison Office of the Orthodox Church to the European Union, Ecumenical Partiarchate
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Canada and New Zealand
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David H. Moore Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Research and Wayne M. and Connie C. Hancock Professor of Law, J, Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University
Chester James Borrows Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, New Zealand Parliament
John Joseph Borrows – Residential Schools, Reconciliation, Churches and Indigenous Peoples Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Law, University of Victoria Law School
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Georgia and Armenia
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Elizabeth A. Clark Associate Director, International Center for Law and Religion Studies, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University
Davit Mikaelyan – Religious situation in Armenia Chief Specialist, Division of National Minorities and Religious Affairs, Government Staff of the Republic of Armenia
Davit Zedelashvili – Liberal Neutrality and the Challenges of Pluralist Liberalism in Georgia Assistant Professor, Free University of Tbilisi; Head Researcher, National Institute for Human Rights at Free University of Tbilisi
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Cambodia and Sri Lanka
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J. Clifford Wallace Chief Judge Emeritus, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Ing Kantha Phavi – “Religion, Women, and Family in Cambodia Minister of Women's Affairs of Cambodia
Nihal Ranasinghe Controller General of Immigration and Emigration, Department of Immigration and Emigration
Thai Sieng Trac – La tolérance dans un monde pluraliste Vice Governor of Phnom Penh Capital City
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Mexico
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Leobardo Tenorio-Malof Attorney, Professional Legal Alliance
Carlos Penagos Vargas – Libertad Religiosa En México Member of Congress of the State of Chiapas
Julio César González Castillo Fundacion Conciencia Nacional Por La Libertad Religiosa
Sergio Cuevas Urrea Vice President, Conciencia Nacional por la Libertad Religiosa
Gregorio Treviño Lozano – Concepto de la Libertad Religiosa Director, Religious Affairs of the Government of the State of Nuevo León
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Religion in the Middle East and Conflict Situations
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David M. Kirkham Director, BYU London Centre; Senior Fellow, International Center for Law and Religion Studies, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University
Khalid Jamal Alber Talya Director General of Christian Affairs, Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs
Wissam Raji – Demographic Reality in Lebanon Associate Professor and Chair, American University of Beirut
Vladimir D. Vardanyan – Interrelation between International Humanitarian Law and Religious Norms: Could the Religious Norms be the International Humanitarian Law Source? Head of Legal Advisory Service, Constitutional Court of the Republic of Armenia
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Third Plenary Session: International Protection of Religious Rights
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W. Cole Durham, Jr. – Moderator Founding Director, International Center for Law and Religion Studies and Susa Young Gates Professor of Law, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University
Ján Figeľ – European Union and Freedom of Religion or Belief Special Envoy for the Promotion of Freedom of Religion Outside the EU, European Commission
Bernardito Auza Permanent Representative of the Holy See at the United Nations
Heiner Bielefeldt UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief; Professor of Human Rights and Human Rights Policy, University of Erlangen Nurnberg
Sandra Jolley – Religious Rights in a Pluralistic World Commisioner, United States Commission on International Religious Freedom
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China
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Eric Hyer Associate Professor of Political Science and Coordinator for Asian Studies, Brigham Young University
YiHua Xu Professor and Director, Department of International Politics, Fudan University
Chen Jianming Professor, Institute of Religious Studies, Sichuan University
Li Songfeng Professor of Law, University of Politics and Law in Beijing
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Belarus and Russia
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N. Anthony Brown Associate Professor, Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages, Brigham Young University
Yuri Kozhokin – Implementaiton of Yarovaya Act Attorney at Law
Mariya Milashevskaya – Burkini Ban Issue in France: Pro et Contra Teacher, International University 'MITSO'
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Latin America: Scholarly Perspectives
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Scott E. Isaacson Regional Advisor for Latin America, International Center for Law and Religion Studies, J.Reuben Clark Law School, BYU
Marco Gallo – Liberta’ religiosa e diritti umani nel pensiero di Papa Francesco Professor, Catholic University of Buenos Aires
Juan José Bernal Guillén – Derechos Religiosos en un Mundo Pluralista: Realidad jurídica del Paraguay Professor, Universidad Católica - Chancellor, Diocese of Ciudad del Este
Moisés Arata Solís – Las Dificultades Del Sistema Jurídico Peruano Para “Capturar” El Fenómeno Religioso Plural Professor of Law, Universidad de Lima
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Vietnam
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Richard Page International Fellow, International Center for Law and Religion Studies
Le Ba Trinh – The role of the Fatherland Front of Vietnam in the impulsion process for rule of law on religion in Vietnam Vice President, The Central Committee of Vietnam Fatherland Front
Thanh Huyen Tran – The Impacts of Religious Diversity on Human Security in Southeast Asia Deputy Director, Saigon Centre for International Studies (SCIS), University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vietnam National University of HCM City
Phung thi Phuong Thao – Right to Religious Freedom in Vietnamese Constitution Representative for the Institute of Public Policy and Law in Vietnam
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Pacific Islands
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J. Clifford Wallace Chief Judge Emeritus, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Fr. Francis Xavier Hezel – Religious Rights and Threatened Nations Jesuit Priest, Santa Barbara Parish
Gibuma Gibbs Salika – The Role of the Courts in Upholding Religious Freedom in Papua New Guinea Deputy Chief Justice, National Court and Supreme Court
Theresa Potoi – Religious Rights in a Pluralistic World Executive Director, Samoa Law Reform Commission
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Brazil
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Odacyr Prigol – Moderator Attorney at Law, Prigol Advogados Associados
Rodrigo Vitorino Souza Alves – Religious diversity and the public space: the public role of religion in Brazil Professor, Law Faculty, Federal University of Uberlandia; Director, Brazilian Center of Studies in Law and Religion
Alexandre Brasil Carvalho Da Fonseca – Religious Rights in a pluralistic world: The Brazilian Approach Associate Professor, Federal University of Rio De Janeiro
Marcus Barbosa Guimarães Assessor da Comissau Para Ecumenismo, Conferencia Nacional dos Bispos do Brasil
Aroldo Barreto Cavalcante Filho – Direitos Religiosos No Estado Brasileiro Attorney at Law, Barreto Cavalcante Advogados; J.Reuben Clark Law Society Area Director - South America
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Religious Freedom Initiatives in the British Commonwealth
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Neville Rochow Government Relations Representative, EU Office of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Barrister; Professor, University of Notre Dame Law School, Sydney
Harriet Hoffler – Religious freedom initiative in the Commonwealth: CIFORB Research Fellow, Commonwealth Initiative for Freedom of Religion and Belief, University of Birmingham
Joshua Neoh Lecturer, Australian National University College of Law
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Central America
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Mark E. Wood – Moderator International Fellow, International Center for Law and Religion Studies
Cesar Vasquez Miranda – Los Derechos Religiosos En Un Mundo Plural President, Evangelical Alliance of Guatemala
Juan Alfonso Fuentes Soria – Religious Rights in a Pluralistic World Former Vice-President of Guatemala, 2015-2016; Secretary General, Central American University High Council
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Korea and Japan
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Victor Taylor International Fellow, International Center for Law and Religion Studies
Aki Kitazawa – Application of Religious Law to International Marriage and International Divorce, and Private International Law Professor of Private International Law, Keio University
Doo Ah Lee Attorney at Law, Vision International Law Firm
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Nigeria
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A. Christine Hurt – Moderator Associate Dean and Rex J. and Maureen E. Rawlinson Professor of Law, J. Reuben Clark Law School, BYU
Sulyman Kawu – Religious Rights in a Pluralistic World: The Nigerian Experience Chief Judge, Kwara State Judiciary
Ayodele Victoria Atsenuwa – Religious Pluralism and the Situation of Religious Rights in Nigeria Professor, Department of Public Law, University of Lagos
Akinola Ibidapo-Obe – Abduction, Seduction and Matrimony: The Nigerian Girl-Child as an Endangered Species Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Lagos
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Latin America: Religious Affairs Officials
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Brent Gardner International Fellow, International Center for Law and Religion Studies
Emilia Patricia Alfaro de Franco – Religión y Cultura Paraguaya Senator, National Congress
Luis Federico Franco Gomez President of Paraguay 2012-2013
Ana María Celis Brunet Professor and Director of the Center for Law and Religion, Faculty of Law, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile; President, International Consortium for Law and Religion Studies
David Frol – La expresión de la violencia urbana hacia los símbolos y la libertad religiosa en la Argentina Legal Coordinator, South America South/Chile Area, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
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Interreligious Cooperation, Religious Rights, and Pluralism 2
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J.B. Haws Assistant Professor, Religious Education, Brigham Young University
Fr. Carlos Reyes – The Catholic Church and Religious Freedom Executive Secretary, Episcopal Commission on Interreligious Dialogue, Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines
Gerald Filson – Interreligious cooperation, religious rights and pluralism Director of Public Affairs, Bahá'í Community of Canada
Jeremy Stuparich – Religious Rights in a Pluralistic World Public Policy Director, Australian Catholic Bishops Conference
Kieran Anthony Walton – Identity politics: equality, and the threat to freedom Private Secretary to Archbishop of Sydney
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Caribbean
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Greg Clark International Fellow, International Center for Law and Religion Studies
Christian De Lespinasse – Haiti and Religious Rights in a Pluralistic World Lawyer, Cabinet De Lespinasse
Rafael Paz – A Brief Overview of Challenges to Religious Rights in the Dominican Republic Senior Pastor, Iglesia Cristiana Palabras de Vida
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Myanmar
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Brett G. Scharffs – Moderator Director, International Center for Law and Religion Studies, and Francis R. Kirkham Professor of Law, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University
Rev. Mahn Palmerston Reverend, Myanmar Council of Churches
Ashin Thondara – Myanmar and Buddhism Pro-Rector, Sitagu International Buddhist Academy
Ashin Visuta – A Buddhist View on World Peace Lecturer, In Charge of Foreign Affairs, Sitagu International Buddhist Academy
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Young Scholars Session
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David M. Kirkham Director, BYU London Centre; Senior Fellow, International Center for Law and Religion Studies, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University
Hongmeng Cheng Postdoctoral Fellow, School of International Relations and Public Affairs, Fudan University
Elena Ervas – Agreements between State and Religious Denominations: The Italian Perspective PHD Student, Universita Ca Foscari
Duong Nguyen – Regulaton on Religion Freedom in ASEAN Countries PhD Candidate, Vietnam National University, School of Law
Khac Duc Nguyen – Improvements in Implementaton of Religious Freedom in Vietnam PhD, Institute for Religious and Belief Studies, Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics
James Heilpern – The Semantic Evolution of "Religious Freedom" Law Clerk, US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
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Fourth Plenary Session: Conference Summation and Concluding Reflections on Conference Themes
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Brett G. Scharffs – Why Religious Freedom? Why the Religious Committed and the Religiously Indifferent Should Care Director, International Center for Law and Religion Studies, and Francis R. Kirkham Professor of Law, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University
W. Cole Durham, Jr. – Concluding Reflections at Symposium on Religious Rights in a Pluralistic World Founding Director, International Center for Law and Religion Studies and Susa Young Gates Professor of Law, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University