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Image for 22nd Annual International Law and Religion Symposium:  'Religion, Law, and Social Stability'

The Twenty-second Annual International Law and Religion Symposium was held 4-6 October 2015 on the campus of Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. This year's delegates — approximately 90 leading scholars, jurists, and political and civil society leaders from 38 countries — joined in exploring issues surrounding the theme Religion, Law, and Social Stability

The Center expresses its gratitude to the distinguished keynote speakers, who also received this year's Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Gunnar Stålsett and Professor David Little opened the conference with excellent and thought-provoking addresses.

The Center is also immensely grateful to all of the distinguished delegates, many of whom made considerable sacrifices to travel long distances to be with us in Provo and Salt Lake City. The depth and breadth of the presentations... more

Image for Symposium 2015: Keynote Speakers Gunnar Stålsett and David Little
L-R: Center Director Cole Durham, BYU President Kevin J Worthen, David Little, Gunnar Stålsett, BYU Law School Dean James R. Rasband

Keynote addresses at the 22nd Annual International Law and Religion Symposium, held Sunday evening October 4, 2015, were delivered by Dr. Gunnar Stålsett, Moderator of the European Council of Religious Leaders and International President, World Council of Religions for Peace, and Professor David Little, currently a research fellow at Georgetown University's Berkley Center, who was at the time of his retirement in 2009 T.J. Dermot Dunphy Professor of the Practice in Religion, Ethnicity, and International Conflict at Harvard... more

Image for Symposium 2015: Distinguished Service Awards to David Little and Gunnar Stålsett

The International Center for Law and Religion Studies was honored to present Professor David Little, Emeritus Professor, Harvard Divinity School, and currently Fellow, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, and Dr. Gunnar Stålsett, Moderator, European Council of Religious Leaders; International President, World Council of Religions for Peace with the Center's Distinguished Service Awards for 2015, at the Opening Session of the 22nd Annual International Law and Religion SymposiumThe award is given to outstanding proponents of the cause of freedom of religion or belief worldwide, and the Center is honored to be able to "celebrate the important role David Little... more

Image for Symposium 2015: Thank you to the Hosts & Center Supporters

By Sandy Stephenson

The International Center for Law and Religion Studies and its delegates wish to thank the many members of the International Advisory Council (IAC) who volunteered to act as hosts to the delegates who came from throughout the world to attend the Annual International Law and Religion Symposium.  The IAC consists of those who generously contribute to the International Center for Law and Religion Studies in the promotion of religious freedom.  Each year they have a tremendous influence at the Symposium, as they attend many presentations and events, and help to ensure the delegates have a rewarding experience.  It is a great opportunity to meet with people from all walks of life, from one side of the globe to the other; and the hosts and delegates often develop lasting friendships.  Our Hosting Committee was chaired by Lynn Anderson and Linda Nearon, who assist the hosts in their responsibilities, and ensure all feel welcome.  Linda and David Nearon... more

Image for Professor David Little Receives 2015 ICLRS Distinguished Service Award

Before his retirement in 2009, David Little was Professor of the Practice in Religion, Ethnicity, and International Conflict at Harvard Divinity School, and was an Associate at Harvard's Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. He is at present a Fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & International Affairs at Georgetown University. He was Senior Scholar in Religion, Ethics and Human Rights at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, DC. Before that, he taught at the University of Virginia and Yale Divinity School and was a member of the State Department Committee on Religious Freedom Abroad.... more

Image for Dr. Gunnar Stålsett Receives 2015 Distinguished Service Award

Bishop Gunnar Stålsett is an International President of the World Council of Religions for Peace and a member of its Board. He served as the co-chair for the XVI International AIDS Conference and as General Secretary of The Lutheran World Federation (Geneva). He has also been a member of the Executive Committee of the World Council of Churches. Over a period in the 1970s, he held offices as deputy member of the Norwegian Parliament, State Secretary for Education, Culture and Church Affairs, and member of the City Council of Oslo. He has served as an advisor to the Norwegian government on issues such as arms control, disarmament, and peace and reconciliation. He has participated... more

Image for Symposium 2015: The Student Executive Committee

The success of the International Law and Religion Symposium each year is due in large part to the planning and performance of a group of outstanding students from the BYU Law School who, acting under the direction of Center Associate Director Elizabeth Clark, serve as members of the Student Executive CommitteeThe Center is honored to announced the Committee for the 22nd Annual International Law and Religion Symposium:

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