J. Reuben Clark Law Society

Religion and Religious Freedom In A Changing World:
BYU International Center for Law and Religion Studies
Hosts its 24th Annual Symposium

The 24th Annual International Law and Religion Symposium of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies (ICLRS) was held October 1-3, 2017 at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. Some 100 Delegates to the 2017 Symposium were invited to discuss the conference theme—"Religion and Religious Freedom in a Changing World"—including such sub-themes as Religion and Security, Religion and Pluralism, and Religion and the Rule of Law. The opening session commenced with the Director of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies, Brett G. Scharffs, welcoming attendees and inviting them to reflect on the role religion can play in building peace, stability, and harmony or alternatively contributing to disunity and violence. BYU President Kevin J. Worthen and Gordon Smith, Dean of the J. Reuben Clark Law School, then also welcomed attendees.
Keynote speaker Ján Figeľ, the European Commission's Special

Left: Ján Figeľ Right: András Sajó
Envoy for promotion of freedom of religion or belief outside the European Union, focused his remarks on the political and social dimensions of religious freedom in a changing world. Another keynote speaker, András Sajó, Hungarian scholar and former Judge and Vice-President of the European Court of Human Rights, spoke of the detrimental effects on religious freedom resulting from a decline in liberty.
Each year since 1994, ICLRS has hosted a symposium devoted to the discussion of law and religion among invited delegates and observers — religious and civic leaders, legal scholars, members of the judiciary, and representatives of governments, NGOs, and the media. To date, more than 1200 delegates from some 125 countries have met together to discuss principles of religious liberty and to explore mechanisms to better implement these principles.
By: Donlu Thayer, Senior Editor, International Center for Law and Religion Studies

Posted: November 29, 2017