17th Annual International Symposium

Newsletter of 10 November 2010

“We urgently need to build bridges with the Islamic world. I can think of few projects that are more crucial at the present time.”  – Author Karen Armstrong, quoted by Dr. Kamal Hossain

At the close of the Seventeenth Annual International Law and Religion Symposium at Brigham Young University on Tuesday afternoon, 5 October 2010, ICLRS Director W. Cole Durham invited several of the conference’s distinguished participants – from Columbia, Canada, Ukraine, China, Bangladesh, and India – to join him on the dais in the Moot Court Room of the J. Reuben Clark Law School for concluding remarks….

Summer 2010 – From Provo to Beijing and Back

Newsletter of 24 September 2010

Summer 2010 has been extraordinarily busy for everyone at the International Center for Law and Religion Studies. Conferences, presentations, book launches, and training sessions have taken Directors Cole Durham, Brett Scharffs, and Elizabeth Sewell away for much of the summer, concluding with a first-of-its kind three-week training program on religion and the rule of law conducted at Peking University by Professors Durham and Scharffs. Meanwhile, other Center personnel, assisted by student research fellows, visiting student externs, and an expanding network…

Working for Religious Freedom at Home and Abroad

Newsletter of 30 June 2010

The second quarter of 2010 has been productive and rewarding for the scholars and supporters of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies. As you will read in this newsletter, important conferences have taken Center personnel, associates, and friends into fruitful discussions in the United Kingdom, Europe, and Far-Eastern Russia. In Provo, we have enlisted student researchers from the J. Reuben Clark Law School as well as Summer Research Externs from nine other law schools to assist with our numerous ambitious publishing projects. The 2010 Student Research Fellows are in the midst of their various assignments at the Center, in Salt Lake City, and abroad….

First Quarter 2010

Newsletter of 16 April 2010

The first quarter of 2010 has been eventful and productive at the International Center for Law and Religion Studies. Already this year Center representatives have traveled to Malaysia, Belgium, Switzerland, Ghana, and most recently to Como, Italy, where the Center co-sponsored the workshop “Law and Religion in Mediterranean Islam” with Università dell’Insubria. Center personnel made presentations in Salt Lake City in February at the J. Reuben Clark Law Society Conference “Service for Good through the Law” and in March participated in a symposium on “The Future of Rights of Conscience in Healthcare” held at Brigham Young and co-sponsored by the BYU Law School, Ave Maria Law School, and the University Faculty for Life.  Also in March, Cole Durham…

Gratitude and Blessings: Looking Forward to the Year Ahead

Newsletter of 25 January 2010

Greetings to our friends around the world, from all of us here at the International Center for Law and Religion Studies at Brigham Young University! As we take this opportunity to recall important events and accomplishments, we send warmest wishes to all of you for an even brighter new year to come.
      This month marks ten years since the official launch of the Center in January 2000, following upon another decade of laying groundwork, making contacts, and organizing conferences through the Law…