Third ICLARS Conference: Religion, Democracy, and Equality, 21-23 August 2013

The International Consortium for Law and Religion Studies (ICLARS) held its third bi-annual conference—Religion, Democracy, and Equality—August 21-23, 2013 in Virginia, United States. The conference, organized under the direction of the ICLARS Steering Committee, featured presentations by more than 90 international experts. The keynote address was given by Heiner Bielefeldt, UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief. 

The International Center for Law and Religion Studies (ICLRS) of the J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University, was pleased to play a supportive role in the organization and sponsoring of the conference, under the direction of ICLARS President and ICLRS Director, W. Cole Durham, Jr. 

Co-sponsors of the conference included the University of Virginia School of Law, the Institute of Bill of Rights Law of William & Mary Law School, and the First Freedom Center. The organizers…

Third ICLARS Conference: Heiner Bielefeldt Gives Keynote Address

The International Consortium for Law and Religion Studies (ICLARS) was pleased to welcome Heiner Bielefeldt, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief, as the keynote speaker for the Third ICLARS Conference, held in Virginia, USA, 21-23 August 2013. To an audience of some 150 conference participants and guests, Professor Bielefeldt delivered remarks entitled “Freedom of Religion or Belief: A Classical Human Right under Fire?”

Professor Bielefeldt was appointed to his United Nations post on 18 June 2013. Holding both a PhD and a post-doctoral habilitation degree in philosophy, Professor Bielefeldt teaches in the areas of political science, philosophy, law and history. From 2003-2009 he…

Third ICLARS Conference: Abstracts of Presentations & Photographs

Abstracts submitted in advance of the Third ICLARS Conference are available for downloading, here.

Photographs shared by participants, including Katayoun Alidadi, Elena Miroshnikova, and Rebeca Vásquez Gómez, may be seen here. (Participants willing to share photographs are invited to send them to Donlu Thayer at [email protected].)

Thanks to Rebeca Vásquez Gómez for this photo (right) of some conference participants during our visit to the Rotunda at the University of Virginia.

Third ICLARS Conference: Background for Issues Discussed

This past year was particularly significant for the law and religion field. On 11 January 2012 the Supreme Court of the United States issued its judgment in Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. EEOC, without question one of the most significant religion decisions of the Court in decades. One year later, on 15 January 2013, the European Court of Human Rights delivered judgment in a similarly significant set of four consolidated cases in Eweida and Others v. The United Kingdom

XIII Coloquio del Consorcio Latinoamericano de Libertad Religiosa

The Consorcio Latinoamericano de Libertad Religiosa held its 13th Annual Colloquium – “Libertad Religiosa, Igualdad y Autonomía de las Entidades Religiosas” – August 19-21, 2013 at Randolph-Macon University near Richmond, Virginia. The conference was sponsored by the International Center for Law and Religion Studies (ICLRS) of the J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University. Center Director W. Cole Durham, Jr., who is also President of the International Consortium for Law and Religion Studies (ICLARS, Milan, Italy), was the keynote speaker.

The Conorcio Latinoamericano de Libertad Religiosa is the foremost academic association for scholars…

ICLARS Conference Registration Deadline August 1

Click here to register for the Third ICLARS Conference. The deadline for registration is August 1. The registration fee for the full event is $250. A discount of $100 is available for ICLARS members who are current in payment of dues ($50 / €40).  [Current ICLARS members pay dues to Cristiana Cianitto at [email protected]. New members join here.] 

Accommodations for participants have been arranged at the Hilton Garden Inn Richmond Downtown