G20 Interfaith Forum in Australia: Economic Development and Religious Freedom

G20 Interfaith Forum:  “Economic Development and Religious Freedom,” November 16-18, 2014, Gold Coast, Australia

The First G20 Interfaith Forum brought scholars, lawyers, political office holders, and other opinion leaders together with faith and interfaith leaders from around the world for three days of discussion and dialogue as a substantial contribution to the G20 Economic Summit. This was the first of a major series of annual conferences in which the Center is engaged with other major partners in G20 side events.  Given the number of attendees, this conference was almost double the size of the Center’s annual International Symposium in Provo. 

The conference showcased the scholarly and societal contributions of various faith traditions and philosophies from around the world. This conference also created opportunities for communication and relationship building…

Conference in Krakow 4-6 November 2014: Religion in the Context of Globalization

The conference “Religion in the Context of Globalization: Legal Aspects of the Functioning of Religious Organizations” was held in Krakow, Poland,  4-6 November 2014. The event was sponsored by the Department of History of Religions, Institute of Religious Studies, Jagiellonian University (Krakow, Poland); the International Center for Law and Religion Studies, Brigham Young University (Provo, Utah, USA); and the Coordinating Counsel for CIS and Baltic Countries on Theoretical and Practical Aspects of Religious Studies (Kyiv, Ukraine—Moscow, Russia).

The conference opened Tuesday, November…

The Center in Latin America 2014: Events in Cordoba, Argentina

Cordoba, Argentina was the venue for two related conferences co-sponsored by the International Center for Law and Religion Studies in 2014.

The 14th Colloquium of the Latin American Consortium for Religious Liberty:  “Religious Liberty in the Context of Criminal Law,” September 1-2, 2014, National Academy of Law of Cordoba.

The colloquium was successful from the perspective of strengthening religious freedom scholarship in Latin America and building the network of Latin American experts. The Center has been intimately involved with the Latin American Consortium since the beginning, and members of the Consortium are rising to become recognized experts not only in their own region but elsewhere. Participating in this event were Scott Isaacson, a Center senior advisor for Latin America, and Professor Gary Doxey, a Center Associate Director, both of whom have been involved with the Consortium from its beginning. &nbsp…

Religious Freedom Annual Review Inaugural: Religious Freedom in a Secular World

Experts on the law and religious freedom spoke at the conference¬†Religious Freedom in a Secular World,” at the Brigham Young University Conference Center 7-9 July 2014. This was the inaugural conference of what will become the Religious Freedom Annual Review, providining up-to-date information on the status of laws impacting religious freedom in the United States and around the world. CLE credit is available for lawyers in attendance at these events.

The faculty of the BYU International Center for Law and Religion Studies and selected experts including William F. Atkin, Thomas C. Berg, Michael W. Durham, Alexander Dushku, J. Clifton Fleming, Frederick Mark Gedicks, Luke Goodrich, Brian Grim, David Hacker, Alan Hurst, Scott Isaacson, Michael A. Jensen, Richard Moon, David Moore, Steven M. Sandberg

Oxford Journal of Law and Religion Summer Academy in Law and Religion 2014

The Second Annual Oxford Journal of Law and Religion Summer Academy, which took place 23-27 June 2014 at St. Hugh’s College, Oxford, UK, was enjoyed by more than 100 participants and presenters from 20 countries. The summer academy is a major international event which brings together leading academics, policy makers, international officials, and practicing lawyers working in the field of law, religion, and international relations. This year’s event included a number of parliamentarians and other government officials, editors of the Oxford Journal of Law and Religion, members of clergy, representatives of NGOs and think-tanks, academics and organizational researchers, as well as students, publishers, journalists, and other visitors.

Four keynote addresses were delivered during the Academy, by Baroness Elizabeth Berridge, Member, House of Lords, and Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on International Freedom of Religion or Belief of the British Parliament; Professor Mary Ann Glendon, Learned Hand Professor of Law, Harvard Law School, and Commissioner, United State Commission on International Religious Freedom; Professor Paul Fiddes, Professor of Systematic Theology…

Law and Religion in Africa: The Quest for the Common Good in Pluralistic Societies

The Second Conference on Law and Religion in Africa was held at Stellenbosch University (South Africa) from 26 to 28 May 2014. Some 60 scholars, legal professionals, and religious leaders from 15 countries particpated in this conference, focusing on the theme  “Law and Religion in Africa: The Quest for the Common Good in Pluralistic Societies.” Published papers from the First Conference on Law and Religion in Africa, “Comparative Practices, Experiences, and Prospects”—which was held in Legon, Ghana, in 2013—were made available, and the new African Consortium for Law and Religion Studies (ACLARS) was officially launched on the last day of the conference.

The conference was opened on Monday with welcome addresses by conference organizers Pieter Coertzen and W. Cole Durham, Jr.  Monday closed with a Conference Reception featuring a keynote address by Justice Albie Sachs, Emeritus Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa. An additional keynote address was given by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng of the…