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Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies
Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies The University of Notre Dames Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies is one of the worlds leading centers for the study of the causes of violent conflict and strategies for sustainable peace. Kroc Institute faculty and fellows conduct interdisciplinary research on a wide range of topics related to peace and justice. In particular, the study of religion in conflict and peacebuilding has been a major focus of Kroc Institute research since 2000, when Kroc Institute director Scott Appleby invited the first of 16 scholars of religion and peacebuilding to become visiting fellows at the Kroc Institute. Many of these year-long fellowships, which resulted in a substantial body of work, were funded by grants from the Rockefeller Foundation. Today, about a third of the Kroc Institute’s core faculty members focus most of their research and writing on religion, conflict, and peacebuilding. The work has evolved into 3 distinct strands: Contending Modernities, which examines the interaction of religion and secular actors in the modern world; Religion & Reconciliation, which explores the concept of reconciliation as a means to help people and societies emerge from civil war, genocide, and dictatorship; and Theology & Practice of Just Peace, a complement to the theology and ethics of just war.

http://kroc.nd.edu/research/religion-conflict-peacebuilding
Law & Religion Programme
The Law & Religion Programme at the University of Siena started in 2000 as an initiative of the Department of Public Law of the Faculty of Law. It understands law and religion in the broadest possible way: as every interaction between all possible aspects of law and religion.It focuses on both religious legal systems (e.g. Islamic law, Jewish law, canon law) and the legal treatment of religious issues in a secular environment.

http://www.unisi.it/lawrel/
O-RE-LA: Observatoire des Religions et de la Laïcités - Université Libre de Bruxelles
The Observatory of Religion and Secularism is a project of the Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Religions and Secularism (CIERL), a major Center of Research and Education at the University of Brussels. With dozens of top researchers specializing in religion and free thought, the CIERL is an internationally recognized Research Center in this field. It is accredited by the National Fund for Scientific Research (FNRS) as one of the ten reference laboratories in the Humanities within French Speaking Belgium. The CIERL gathers in a multidisciplinary perspective historians, anthropologists, philosophers, art historians, philologists..., promoting basic and applied research as well as expertise and reflection. It organizes seminars and international conferences, publishes an internationally known journal (Problèmes d’Histoire des Religions), a review that echoes research conducted within it (Le Figuier), and the series Spiritualités et Pensées Libres published by the Editions de l’Université de Bruxelles.

http://www.o-re-la.org/
Observatoire Pharos
The Pharos Observatory already has a fairly long history. The idea for a professional information organization serving cultural and religious pluralism dates from early 2009. Its promoters—a network of individuals with highly diverse philosophies and opinions—were unanimous: Pharos must be an independent, professional, civil-society organization; its composition must reflect cultural and religious pluralism. On January 31, 2012, the creation of the Observatory of Cultural and Religious Pluralism was officially announced in the Senate and welcomed by Senate president Gérard Larcher, in complete agreement with his newly elected successor Jean-Pierre Bel, in the presence of the minister of Cooperation, Henri de Raincourt. Nine months later, on October 3, 2012, the Web site www.observatoirepharos.com was presented to the press. Syria, India, Cuba, Greece, and a few other countries are among the first to be treated. Another forty “Pluralism Status Reports” and the “Pharos Watch” will follow before year-end. The Pharos Observatory site is thus a tool for gathering historical, legal, statistical, and political information to elucidate the situation of cultural and religious pluralism everywhere in the world. For each country considered, an initial status report is drafted by members of specialized university and journalism networks. The daily “Pharos Watch” is activated on this basis, at the same time as the network of observers is progressively built.

www.observatoirepharos.com
Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights
The Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) is the specialized institution of the OSCE dealing with elections, human rights, and democratization. Within the broader fields of human rights and democratization, the ODIHRs expertise and activities focus on freedom of religion or belief and, in particular, on discrimination against individuals in the workplace and public services, defamation campaigns against minority religions or belief groups, the disruption or prohibition of worship even in private homes, censorship of religious literature, and imprisonment of those who object to military service on religious grounds.

http://www.osce.org/odihr/

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Resources

Recent Journals

Oxford Journal of Law and Religion

Recent years have witnessed a resurgence of religion in public life and a concomitant array of legal responses.

Recent Books

Ecclesiastical Law - fourth edition

This book offers a fully revised and updated exposition of the law of the Church of England.