2016 Election of Officers
for the International Consortium
for Law and Religion Studies
Elections for ICLARS officers were last held in connection with the conference of the organization held in Santiago, Chile. All officers of the organization had terms of office that would expire under the Consortium’s Statute at the time of the second conference of the Consortium after the Santiago conference—i.e., at the time of the Oxford Conference being held September 8-11, 2016.
A notice of election was sent to ICLARS members on June 20, 2016. The election process was governed by the rules established by the Steering Committee prior to the Santiago Conference, which were sent to all members as an attachment to the notice of election. These rules stipulated that all applications to run for office “must be submitted within 21 days from the date of the official call for elections . . . by e-mail directed to the President of ICLARS . . . .” By July 10, the deadline date, applications had been received by the current President from the following for the positions indicated:
Ana María Célis Brunet, Catholic University, Chile, South America
Peter Coertzen, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, Africa
Alessandro Ferrari, University of Insubria, Italy, Europe
Mark Hill, Cardiff University, United Kingdom, Europe
Tahir Mahmood, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, Amity University, India, Asia
Asher Maoz, Peres Academic Center School of Law, Israel, Asia
Javier Martínez-Torrón, Complutense University, Spain, Europe
Juan Navarro Floria, Catholic University, Argentina, South America
Brett Scharffs, Brigham Young University Law School, USA, North America
The foregoing persons have the geographic diversity required by the Consortium’s Statute. The election rules provided with respect to election of the president indicate that “[i]f there is only one candidate, the candidate is declared president without a vote.” Similarly, they provide that “[i]n the event that there are eight or fewer candidates for the position of member of the Steering Committee, they shall be declared members of the Steering Committee without a vote, provided they are citizens of different countries.”
Under the election rules, the foregoing individuals will be declared holders of the indicated offices without a vote at the upcoming General Assembly Meeting on September 11, 2016.