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…
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?
Sponsored by J. Reuben Clark Law Society, Religious Freedom Project
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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
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Accommodating Fundamental Rights and Religious Freedoms
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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
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“Religious Perspectives on Equality and Dignity”
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Approaches to Accommodation”
Closing remarks, John Witte Jr.
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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.
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…