Debating Law & Religion Series
“Debating Law & Religion” is a monthly series aimed at creating a formal forum for invited speakers to discuss topical issues concerning law, its interaction with religion, and the role of religion in contemporary legal and socio-political systems. We do not shy away from contentious issues, and while our conversations are always respectful, we seek to encourage debate between speakers who genuinely disagree as to how we should answer the important questions of our day. Since the series began in 2011, we have conducted lunchtime discussions on such topics as the Islamic community center at Ground Zero in New York City, the legal bans on headscarves and burqas in France, the role of religion in public reason, the place of religion in ancient Roman and Hindu civilizations, and protections for hate speech directed at religious groups. We hope you will join us for our next debate!
The EUREL website aims to provide accurate and up-to-date information on the social and legal status of religion in Europe from an interdisciplinary perspective. It is intended for the international scientific community, public authorities and political forces, and gathers comparative information concerning the enlarged Europe (EU member states, candidates countries and other European countries). Data are provided and checked by a network of correspondents, specialists of law or social sciences. Databases: DREL (bibliographical database about law and religion in Europe), EURISLAM (bibliographical database concerning the current situation, in contemporary Europe in a wide sense, of Islam as a religion and of Muslims as a diversified group of population), JUREL (case law about law and religion in Europe), LEGIREL (legislation concerning the activities, the organization and the exercise of religious bodies).
European Consortium for Church and State Research
The European Consortium for Church and State Research was founded on December 12th 1989, with headquarters at the Istituto di Diritto Internazionale of the University of Milan. The Consortium is composed of a number of professors sharing a common interest in the relations between States and religious denominations in Europe from a historical, political and, particularly, juridical point of view. The Consortium promotes studies in this spectrum, organizes meetings and facilitates contacts between scholars from the various European Countries. It especially promotes the cooperation in scientific research and the sharing of specialized knowledge. Furthermore, the Consortium provides consultation and advisory services for both state and private corporations, whether national or international, regarding institutional activities within the Consortiums field of interest. The Consortium is an associate member of the International Association of Legal Science, with headquarters at the UNESCO in Paris. Since 1989 the Consortium organizes meetings on a yearly basis. The proceedings of the Consortium's meetings have been published by Dott. A. Giuffrè Editore (Milan), Bruylant (Brussels), Nomos (Baden-Baden), Peeters (Leuven), Institute for European Constitutional Law (IECL, University of Trier) and Comares (Granada) in cooperation with other publishing houses. The Consortium publishes the annual European Journal for Church and State Research - Revue européenne des relations Églises-État. Moreover, a handbook on State and Church in the European Unionhas been published in cooperation with the Consortium. The book, originally published in German, was translated into English, French, Spanish, Italian, Czech, Hungarian, Greek, Polish, Russian and Georgian. In collaboration with the Unité de Recherche Droit, religion, entreprise et société (DRES, CNRS and Université de Strasbourg) a bibliographical database on law and religion has been established in 27 European countries.
FIDR- Forum internazionale democrazia & religioni
Il Forum Internazionale Democrazia & Religioni –FIDR Centro interdipartimentale nato dalla collaborazione dei Dipartimenti di Scienze giuridiche e economiche “A. Galante Garrone”, Dipartimento Polis e Studi Umanistici e delle Facoltà di: Giurisprudenza, Scienze politiche e Lettere e Filosofia dell Università del Piemonte Orientale Amedeo Avogadro si pone tra i propri fini istituzionali e scientifici, non solo la formazione e la ricerca, ma ancor prima il trasferimento di conoscenze in merito alle questioni inerenti i conflitti etnico-religiosi presenti nelle democrazie e negli ordinamenti giuridici, specialmente dell’area euro mediterranea. In tal senso il Centro intende condurre attività ed iniziative volte a favorire il perfezionamento delle metodologie di ricerca e instaurare una collaborazione sistematica con altri centri-studio e la Pubblica amministrazione al fine di migliorare la conoscenza e elaborare soluzioni concrete nell’ambito della governance delle società multiculturali.
Freedom House
Freedom House, a non-profit, nonpartisan organization, is a clear voice for democracy and freedom around the world. Through a vast array of international programs and publications, Freedom House is working to advance the remarkable worldwide expansion of political and economic freedom.

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