International Center for Law and Religion Studies

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The International Center for Law and Religion Studies, part of J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University, was formally founded on January 1, 2000, to promote freedom of religion worldwide and to study the relations between governments and religious organizations. The Center was built upon ongoing work of law professor W. Cole Durham, Jr., who was named the Center's Director.

Activities[edit]

A main project of the Center is hosting an International Law and Religion Symposium for government, academic, and religious leaders and visitors. As of 2011, the 18th year of the Symposium, the event had hosted more than 850 delegates from some 120 countries.[1]

The Center also maintains the website of the Strasbourg Consortium, dedicated to the work of the European Court of Human Rights pertaining to freedom of religion, conscience, or belief, as well as maintaining the database for the Religion and Law Consortium ("Religlaw"), a research forum for legal developments on international law and religion or belief topics.

International Religious Liberty Award[edit]

Since 2010, the International Center for Law and Religious Studies, together with the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University, has been awarding the International Religious Liberty Award in recognition of outstanding contributions to the promotion and preservation of religious freedom.[2]

Past recipients of the International Religious Liberty Award include Joe Lieberman (2010),[3] Kevin Hasson (2011),[4] Douglas Laycock (2012),[5] John Graz (2013),[6] Frank Wolf (2014),[7] Knox Thames,[8] William E. Lori (2015),[9] Katrina Lantos Swett (2016),[10] and Elizabeth Berridge.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The International Law and Religion Symposium Page". International Center for Law and Religion Studies. Retrieved 2017-08-08. 
  2. ^ "Inaugural Religious Liberty Award Given to Senator Joseph Lieberman". International Center for Law and Religion Studies. Retrieved 2017-08-08. 
  3. ^ "Inaugural Religious Liberty Award Given to Senator Joseph Lieberman". International Center for Law and Religion Studies. Retrieved 2017-08-08. 
  4. ^ "Becket Fund Founder Seamus Hasson Receives Religious Liberty Award 2011". International Center for Law and Religion Studies. Retrieved 2017-08-08. 
  5. ^ "Douglas Laycock Honored at 2012 International Religious Liberty Award Dinner". International Center for Law and Religion Studies. Retrieved 2017-08-08. 
  6. ^ "Dr. John Graz Receives Religious Liberty Award in Washington DC, 10 October 2013". International Center for Law and Religion Studies. Retrieved 2017-08-08. 
  7. ^ "Religious Liberty Awards Dinner, Washington DC, October 2014". International Center for Law and Religion Studies. Retrieved 2017-08-08. 
  8. ^ "Knox Thames - 2014 Religious Liberty Dinner". NARLA. Retrieved 2017-08-11. 
  9. ^ "Archbishop William E. Lori Receives 2015 International Religious Liberty Award". International Center for Law and Religion Studies. Retrieved 2017-08-08. 
  10. ^ "Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett Receives 2016 International Religious Liberty Award". International Center for Law and Religion Studies. Retrieved 2017-08-08. 
  11. ^ "Baroness Elizabeth Berridge Receives 2017 International Religious Liberty Award". International Center for Law and Religion Studies. Retrieved 2017-12-05.