In addition to the projects appearing on this page, the Center is also involved in developing ongoing courses for promoting the study of law and religion in Indonesia, China, and Vietnam. In 2013 the Center launched a series of regional conferences, beginning with Ghana in January, and followed by Latvia in April, Moscow in May, Oxford in June, China in July, and Vietnam in September. The Center is grateful for the ongoing financial and scholarly support that makes these and other important projects possible.
The site www.religlaw.org is a major International Website Database on Religious Freedom Issues. In cooperation with the OSCE and several other research institutions, the Center created this website and the services it provides, as a key part of our strategy for establishing meaningful links with experts around the world.
Begun in 2005, www.strasbourgconsortium.org is dedicated to the discussion and exchange of ideas regarding cases brought before the European Court of Human Rights, particularly cases involving religion and freedom of belief issues. In addition to providing a resource to scholars and other leaders, this site allows for a continuing dialogue on these topics. The International Center for Law and Religion Studies works with several affiliated institutions to promote this discussion.
The International Center for Law and Religion Studies and Aspen Publishers / Wolters Kluwer Law & Business are pleased to announce the forthcoming second edition of the casebook Law and Religion: National, International, and Comparative Perspectives, co-authored by ICLRS Director Brett G. Scharffs and Founding Director W. Cole Durham, Jr., with contributions from others at the Center, especially Center Senior Editor, Donlu Thayer. Originally developed for use in English-speaking law-school courses worldwide, the first edition of this groundbreaking work has now been translated into Chinese and Vietnamese for use in training sessions for lawyers and academics in China and Vietnam, and translation of the second edition into Turkish and Burmese... more
The treatise Religious Organizations and the Law is a comprehensive work originated by William W. Bassett, Emeritus Professor of Law at the University of San Francisco, has been updated annually since 1997 and in 2012 expanded to 4000 pages in four volumes. The greatly expanded 2nd edition was completed in 2016 and will be published in early 2017. The work has proceeded under the superivision of Robert T. Smith and W. Cole Durham, Jr., and Robert T. Smith, employing the research assistance of students and staff at the International Center for Law and Religion Studies at Brigham... more
The Oxford Journal of Law and Religion was introduced to the Oxford Journals collection in early 2012. The first issue appeared in print on 1 April 2012, followed by the second issue on 1 October. These issues, along with advance access to the third issue, are available free of charge on the Journal's website. Subsequent issues are available by subscription.
The new journal was developed "in response to the recent proliferation of research and writing on the interaction of law and religion cutting across many disciplines." The launch of the Journal was marked by Oxford Journal of Law and Religion Colloquium, hosted by the Religion and International Relations Programme of the Centre for Christianity and Culture and held 19 April 2012... more
Law, Religion, Constitution: Freedom of Religion, Equal Treatment, and the Law
W. Cole Durham, Jr., Silvio Ferrari, Cristiana Cianitto, and Donlu Thayer, eds.
What is the place assigned to religion in the constitutions of contemporary States? What role is religion expected to perform in the fields that are the object of constitutional regulation? Is separation of religion and politics a necessary precondition for democracy and the rule of law? These questions are addressed in this book through an analysis of the constitutional texts that are in force in different... more
Professor Javier Martínez-Torrón of the Law Faculty of Complutense University in Madrid, and Professor W. Cole Durham, Jr., Director of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies at Brigham Young University, General Reporters for the topic "Religion and the Secular State" for The 18th Congress of the International Academy of Comparative Law, along with Donlu Thayer, project editor, are pleased to announce the publication in final form of the National Reports prepared on this topic.
The Congress is the once-every-four-years meeting of the experts of the International Academy of Comparative Law. The 18th Congress, held in Washington, DC, in July 2010, was the first Congress of this 90-year-old Academy to be held in the United States. The Reports prepared on the the topic... more
The right to freedom of religion is increasingly vulnerable worldwide. Recent studies find that 77 percent of the world’s population live under high or very high restrictions on religious freedom, and restrictions in many nations, from Africa to Asia, from the United Kingdom to the United States, are rising rapidly. Helping people understand and effectively respond to the challenges of protecting this fragile right is the work of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies of Brigham Young University’s J. Reuben Clark Law School.
As part of this work, the Center was pleased to sponsorm during the years 2011, 2012, and 2013, the Religious Freedom Discussion Series. The lectures, followed by a brief question & answer period, were held at BYU... more
Islam and Political-Cultural Europe
W. Cole Durham Jr., David M. Kirkham, Tore Lindholm, eds.
Islam and Political-Cultural Europe identifies the sometimes confusing and often contentious new challenges that arise in daily life and institutions as Islam settles deeper into Europe. Critiquing past and recent assimilation efforts in the fields of education, finance, and security, the contributors offer prospective solutions to diverse contemporary problems. Exploring the interactions... more
Islam, Europe and Emerging Legal Issues
Edited by W. Cole Durham Jr., Rik Torfs, David M. Kirkham, and Christine Scott
Islam, Europe and Emerging Legal Issues brings together vital analysis of the challenges that Europe poses for an expanding Islam and that Islam poses for Europe, within their ever-evolving religious, legal, and social environments. This book gathers some of the best thinking on Islam and the law affecting current and contested issues that can no longer be ignored, particularly... more
The International Center for Law and Religion Studies and Aspen Publishers / Wolters Kluwer Law & Business are pleased to announce the release of the casebook Law and Religion: National, International, and Comparative Perspectives, co-authored by ICLRS Director W. Cole Durham, Jr. and Associate Director Brett G. Scharffs, with contributions from many others at the Center, especially Coordinating Editor Suzanne Sitthichai Disparte. Developed for use in English-speaking law-school courses, the work is dynamic combination of... more
The Center has sponsored the Russian translation and publication of two important reference works in the field of law and religion: Facilitating Freedom of Religion or Belief: A Deskbook and Gerhard Robbers' State and Church in the European Union. The translation of the Deskbook was jointly sponsored by the Oslo Coalition on Freedom of Religion and Belief. Both works will provide significant resources... more