About the Blog

  Talk About: Law and Religion is the blog of The International Center for Law and Religion Studies, a global academic leader in the field of international religious freedom. Founded in 2000, the Center is part of the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University, one of the largest private universities in the United States. The Center’s mission is to “help secure the blessings of religious liberty for all,” through scholarship, networking, educational activities, and law reform efforts. Scholars at the Center specialize in comparative and international law concerning religion. The Center partners with leading academic, governmental, and non-governmental institutions around the world to organize conferences and workshops to foster respectful understanding and improve expertise at the critical intersection where law and religion meet. A major initiative of the Center involves teaching and “certificate training” programs in many parts of the world, where young scholars and legal professionals join in learning from Center personnel and international partners, and in sharing expertise, from a variety of perspectives, in concepts surrounding religion and the rule of law,  and in furthering freedom of religion or belief worldwide. Many of the blogposts and conversations appearing here are contributed by participants in these Center programs. A recent worldwide initiative of the Center and many international partners grew from a celebration of the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, with an invitation to a global conversation about preserving and protecting human dignity for everyone everywhere.  A developing section of the blog is devoted to this initiative.
International Center for Law and Religion Studies Directors and Administrative Staff