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Demographic projections indicate that cultural and religious diversity will increase dramatically in the coming decades in many parts of the world. What are the contributions that law and religion studies can give in response to the challenges posed by increasing religious and cultural diversity?  What are the political, legal and sociological strategies “from law and religion” that can enable citizens to live together with religious and cultural difference?
The Fourth ICLARS Conference was held at St. Hugh’s College in Oxford September 8-11, 2016, with some 150 participants from 27 countries discussing the theme “Freedom of/for/from/in Religion: Differing Dimensions of a Common Right?”.  The key-note speech was delivered by professor David Novak (University of Toronto) who spoke on "What is Religious Freedom?".
More than 80 international experts along with approximately 50 guests took part in the Third ICLARS Conference, held in Virginia, USA, August 21-23, 2013. Speakers and panelists addressed topics of great importance related to the conference theme, "Religion, Democracy, and Equality," including religious pluralism and treatment of religious minorities; religion and anti-discrimination norms; hate speech, hate crimes, and religious minorities; and religion and gender issues.

On the first day of the Conference – held in Richmond, Virginia, near where the language was crafted that ultimately became the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution – participants and guests were pleased to hear papers from a number of outstanding young scholars, with Spanish interpretation provided for a number of sessions. That evening, after remarks by Ambassador (ret.) Randolph Bell, member of the Board of Trustees of Richmond's First Freedom Center, and the Honorable William T. "Bill" Bolling, Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, participants were pleased to hear the Conference keynote address, given by Heiner Bielefeldt, U.N. Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Religion or Belief, who spoke to the topic "Freedom of Religion or Belief:  A Classical Human Right under Fire?"

On subsequent days, panels and presentations by distinguished international scholars were heard in sessions at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg and at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, where much of the Jeffersonian heritage is in evidence, each day followed by tours of historic sites of these venues of considerable significance in the development of the religious freedom doctrines of the United States.

The proccedings have been published by Routledge.

Which role for religions in contemporary society? How much States are prepared to accept the growing relevance of religions in their legal systems? Do constitutions provide adequate instruments to govern the role of religions in the public square? These problems have been discussed at the second ICLARS congress "Religion and Constitution" that took place in Santiago (Chile) on September 8-10, 2011 under the direction of Ana Maria Celis, professor of Canon Law at the Catholic University of Santiago. Specific sessions of the congress have been devoted to the protection of religious freedom, religion and human rights, religious discrimination.
The proceedings have been published by Ashgate.

 

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