Brett Scharffs and BYU Law Students in Venice for Conference and Moot Court Competition

Professor Brett Scharffs, Center Associate Director and Law School Associate Dean for Faculty and Curriculum, participated at the conference “The Legitimate Scope of Religious Establishment”, held March 7-9, 2016 in Venice, Italy.  The conference was sponsored by the Fondazione Studium Generale Marcianum (Fondazione Marcianum), and features prominent academics from throughout the world, assembled to discuss such questions as “What are the essential features of establishment regimes? Should any limits be set to the establishment of religion? Are there any means of support that should be ruled out? May a decent state grant preferential treatment to one religion over other religions (or some of them)? If so, on which basis could…

Lectures from the Restoring Religious Freedom Conference Available on YouTube

By Patti Ghezzi, Emory Law, 7 Dec 2016: Restoring Religious Freedom Conference: Law, Religion, Equality, and Dignity

Sunday, Nov. 6
A Century of Genocides: Is Better Accommodation of Conscience an Answer?

  • A Conversation between Ján Figel’, EU Special Envoy on Freedom of Religion or Belief, and
  • W. Cole Durham, Founding Director of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies
  • Moderator: Mark Goldfeder, Senior Lecturer, Emory University School of Law; Spruill Family Fellow in Law and Religion, Center for the Study of Law and Religion, Emory University; Director, Restoring Religious Freedom Project

Sponsored by J. Reuben Clark Law Society, Religious Freedom Project
To view this conversation on YouTube, go here.

Monday, Nov. 7
Opening Remarks: Peter Kmec, Slovak Ambassador to the United States
Slovak EU Presidency in the Context of Law, Religion, Equality and Dignity

International Perspectives on Equality and Dignity

  • Mark Hill, Honorary Professor, Cardiff Law School, United Kingdom
  • Avishalom Westreich, Associate Professor, College of Law and Business, Ramat Gan, Israel
  • Andrea Pin, Assistant Professor of Constitutional Law, University of Padova, Italy
  • Sayali Bapat, SJD candidate, Emory University School of Law  
  • Moderator: Mark Goldfeder

To view the opening remarks and this panel, go here.

Accommodating Fundamental Rights and Religious Freedoms

  • Robin Wilson, Roger and Stephany Joslin Professor of Law, University of Illinois
  • Frank Ravitch, Professor of Law and Water H. Stowers Chair of Law and Religion, Michigan State University
  • John Corvino, Department of Philosophy, Chair, Wayne State University
  • Moderator: Daniel Frost, Assistant Professor, College of Behavioral, Social, and Health Sciences, Clemson University

To view this panel on YouTube, go here.

Lunch and Keynote Address by Douglas Laycock, Robert E. Scott Distinguished Professor of Law, Class of 1963 Research Professor in Honor of Graham C. Lilly, and Peter W. Low Professor of Religious Studies, University of Virginia

To view this keynote address, go here.

“Religious Perspectives on Equality and Dignity”

  • Chaim Saiman, Professor of Law, Villanova University
  • Rafael Domingo, Francisco de Vitoria Fellow, Center for the Study of Law and Religion, Emory University
  • Bandar Bakhashwin, SJD Candidate, Emory University School of Law
  • Faizat Badmus-Busari, SJD Candidate, Emory University School of Law
  • Mderator: Silas Allard, Associate Director, Center for the Study of Law and Religion, Emory University

To view this panel, go here.

Approaches to Accommodation”

  • Michael Helfand, Associate Professor of Law and Associate Director, Diane and Guilford Glazer Institute for Jewish Studies, Pepperdine University
  • Michael Broyde, Professor of Law, Emory University School of Law
  • Steve Collis, Chair, Hollis & Hart Religious Institutions and First Amendment practice groupoderator: John Witte, Jr., Robert W. Woodruff Professor of Law and McDonald Distinguished Professor, Emory University School of Law; Director, Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University

Closing remarks, John Witte Jr.

To view this panel and closing remarks, go here.

Co-sponsored by the Restoring Religious Freedom Project at the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University, which is funded by an anonymous gift, and the Fairness for All Initiative at the University of Illinois College of Law, which is made possible by a gift from the Templeton Religion Trust.

OSCE/ODIHR Trains Ukrainian Lawyers on Litigation Related to Freedom of Religion or Belief

From the OSCE website: 

The right to freedom of religion or belief in the case law and practice of the European Court of Human Rights was the focus of training organized by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) on 11 and 12 February 2016 in Kyiv.

The event provided 17 lawyers with a greater understanding of the main principles underpinning the right to freedom of religion or belief as enshrined in the European Convention on Human Rights and other international human rights instruments, as well as of the relevant case law and the procedural aspects of bringing cases before the Court.

“Freedom of religion or belief under the European Convention of Human Rights is valueless unless the right can be enforced through legal process,” Mark Hill,  a barrister specializing in human rights and law and religion who represents clients in the United Kingdom…