International Center for Law and Religion Studies Associate Director Gary Doxey was a participant in four different religious freedom events in São Paulo, Brazil in November.
On 3 November 2016, Professor Doxey addressed the Commission on Religious Freedom of the Ordem de Advogados do Brasil (OAB), the Brazilian Bar Association. The next day, 4 November 2016, he gave a lecture and participated in a debate at the Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP). The event was titled "O Direito Comparado de Liberdade Religiosa no Brasil, Europa e Estados Unidos" (Comparative Law of Religious Freedom in Brazil, Europe and the United States). The debate was moderated by Professor Rodrigo Medina Zagni.
Professor Doxey spoke on 5 November 2016 on the topic of "Freedom of Religion Threats and Challenges" at Universidade Adventista de São Paulo (UNASP). He joined religious leaders and religious freedom advocates for a discussion following his lecture. This event, sponsored by the São Paulo branch of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society, UNASP, and the São Paulo Comissão de Direito e Liberdade Religiosa, was moderated by Dra. Damaris Moura Kuo, President of Comissão de Direito e Liberdade Religiosa.
On 7-8 November 2016, Professor Doxey presented two papers at the Fourth Annual Research Meeting on Law and Religion at the Universidade Federal de Uberlândia (UFU). The annual conference of academic researchers, lawyers, and advocates involved in law and religion studies, was organized by Rodrigo Vitorino Souza Alves of UFU, who also chaired one of the sessions Professor Doxey participated in. Other panelists were Jessica Giles, Open University (UK) and Oxford Journal of Law and Religion, Fábio Carvalho Leite, Pontifical Catholic University of Brazil, Deogratias Benedicta, Maastricht University (NL), Rachel Jonker, University of Notre Dame, and Shamsul Falaah of the University of Auckland. Professor Doxey joined Clara Jane Costa Adad, Fábio Carvalho Leite, and José de Magalhães Campos Ambrósio on a second panel to discuss the fundamentals of Freedom of Belief and Religion as well as challenges. This session was moderated by Thiago Paluma.