Welcome to Talk About: Law and Religion,
the Blog of The International Center for Law and Religion Studies

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Founded in 2000, the International Center for Law and Religion Studies (ICLRS) is part of the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University, with a mission 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 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 in 2018, 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.

A major Center initiative involves teaching 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. A number  of the Talk About blogposts have been contributed by participants in these Center programs.

We have invited Dmytro Vovk, Director of the Center for the Rule of Law and Religion at Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University in Kharkiv, Ukraine, to serve with Center Senior Fellow Donlu Thayer as a co-editor of this blog.  Professor Vovk was a member of the first class of the Young Scholars Fellowship on Religion and the Rule of Law, hosted at Christ Church College, Oxford, in summer 2018, and was a Visiting Scholar at the Center in 2018-2019.

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