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Welcome to an ever-developing Internet site for researchers seeking information related to freedom of conscience, religion, or belief. We welcome you to browse the site to discover its functions.

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The International Center for Law and Religion Studies is pleased to announce the topic for the 22nd Annual International Law and Religion Symposium, to be held October 4-7 at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.  Invited international experts in law and religion will speak to the topic "Religion, Law, and Social Stability."  Sub-themes will be "Religious Exemptions from Generally Applicable Laws"; "Religion, the Rule of Law, and Social Stability"; and "Religion and Violence."

Symposium sessions are open to the public, free of charge, space permitting.... more

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27 January 2015.  Religion at the European Parliament: Survey of MEPs beliefs and what they do as a consequence of their beliefs, Moderated by Dennis de Jong MEP, Presentation by Professor François Foret, Intergroup on Freedom of Religion or Belief and Religious Tolerance, European Parliament 12:00 - 14:00. 

29 January 2015.  Can we end poverty? Cato Institute, Columbia University, Roone Arledge Auditorium, 8:30 a.m. - !2:15 p.m.

29 January 2015. Conference call:  The new Congress and a new U.S. IRF Ambassador: What the future holds for IRF as a necessary aspect of U.S. foreign policy, Institute for Global Engagement

3 February 2015. The Positive Case: Religious Freedom is Good for Society, Business and the Poor, Brian J. Grim, St Mary's University Twickenham London, 6:00 pm.

4 February 2015.  Launch Event:  Presentation of the OSCE ODIHR Guidelines on the Legal Personality of Religious or Belief Communities... more

  • Democratic Republic of the Congo's Constitution of 2005 with Amendments through 2011, submitted by Dr. Joseph Yav
  • Case from South Africa: Ecclesia De Lange v The Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa (726/13) [2014] ZASCA 151 (29 September 2014)
  • Country Profiles for:  Aruba, Austria, Bulgaria, Hungary, Georgia, Moldova, Mongolia, Paraguay, as well as the European Union. the Council of Europe, the United Nations Human Rights Committee
  • COMING SOON:  New, Religlaw site upgrade, including new, comprehensive CHINA site