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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Osservatorio delle Libertà e delle Istituzioni Religiose
The Observatory for Religious Freedoms and Institutions (OLIR) contains data, information, observations, and ideas about everything concerning law and religion: first and foremost in Italy, but also in other countries. OLIR not only intends to provide legal material, but also to organize this material on pages accompanied by observations, bibliographic suggestions, and references for a deeper understanding. Therefore, the mission of OLIR is to build something more than just a simple database. In fact, the laws, decisions, and documents found on this site are meant to constitute the starting point of a journey that allows the reader to obtain information, succinct yet complete, on his/her subject of interest.

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