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BYU hosts law and religion symposium Oct. 5-7

The J. Reuben Clark Law School and the Brigham Young University International Center for Law and Religion Studies will host the 10th annual International Law and Religion Symposium Oct. 5-7 on the BYU campus.

The symposium, titled "Religious Pluralism, Difference and Social Stability," will bring together scholars and government leaders from around the world to discuss implementing principles of religious freedom, said Elizabeth A. Sewell, assistant director at the BYU International Center for Law and Religion Studies.

"This conference provides a valuable forum for academic discussion on significant legal and social issues," she said.

More than 92 delegates from 45 countries are expected to attend the symposium.

Senator Orrin Hatch, chair of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, and Justice J. Bruce Robertson, president of the New Zealand Law Commission and senior puisne judge of the High Court of New Zealand, will give the opening addresses Sunday night.

Other delegates scheduled to attend include Michael K. Young, dean of the George Washington University Law School and vice-chair of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, and Derek H. Davis, director of the J.M. Dawson Institute for Church-State Studies at Baylor University and treasurer of the International Academy for Freedom of Religion and Belief.

Topics of discussion at the symposium include "Regional Issues in Law and Religion" and "Religion, Minority Rights and National Identity."

The BYU International Center for Law and Religion Studies is an academic center at BYU dedicated to the study of law and religion issues.

The 10th Annual International Law and Religion Symposium is co-sponsored by the International Academy for Freedom of Religion and Belief, the Interdisciplinary Program in Law Religion of Columbus School of Law, the Catholic University of America, the International Commission for Freedom of Conscience, the International Religious Liberty Association and the George Washington University School of Law.

For more information, contact Elizabeth Sewell (801) 422-2112 or (801) 358-6442 or email at

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