Which Model, Whose Liberty?: Differences between the U.S. and European Approaches to Religious Freedom

Religious freedom is in the headlines on both sides of the Atlantic. Although some have written of a "Western model" of religious liberty, is that label a myth? This conference—cosponsored by the RFP and the International Center for Law and Religion Studies at Brigham Young University's School of Law—examined the historic and emerging differences in how religious freedom was conceived and has been implemented on both sides of the Atlantic.
9:00 - 10:30am: Religion in the Democratic Public Square
Thomas Farr, Director, Religious Freedom Project
Robert Audi, John O’Brien Professor of Philosophy, University of Notre Dame
Francis Beckwith, Professor of Philosophy and Church-State Studies, Baylor University
Sophie van Bijsterveld, Senator, the Netherlands; Professor of Law, Tilburg University
Fr. Raymond de Souza, Editor-in-Chief, Convivium Magazine

10:45am - 12:15pm: European and American Models of Religious Freedom: The Future of Religious Autonomy
Cole Durham, Professor of Law, Brigham Young University
Carolyn Evans, Dean, Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne
Leslie Griffin, William S. Boyd Professor of Law, University of Nevada School of Law
Kyle Duncan, General Counsel, Becket Fund for Religious Liberty
Gerhard Robbers, Director, Institute for European Constitutional Law and Director, Institute for Legal Policy, University of Trier, Germany

1:00 - 2:30pm: Institutional and Individual Conscience
Michael Kessler, Associate Director, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs
Javier Martinez-Torron, Director, Department of Church-State Law, Complutense University, Spain
Mark Rienzi, Assistant Professor, Columbus School of Law, The Catholic University of America
Melissa Rogers, Director, Center for Religion and Public Affairs, Wake Forest University
Rik Torfs, Senator, Belgium; Professor of Canon Law, University of Leuven, Belgium

2:45 - 4:15pm: Religious Minorities and Religious Freedom: The Cases of Muslims and Mormons
Timothy Shah, Associate Director, Religious Freedom Project
Silvio Ferrari, Professor of Law, Universita degli Studi di Milano, Italy
Muqtedar Khan, Associate Professor, University of Delaware
Lena Larsen, Director, Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, University of Oslo
Nathan B. Oman, Assistant Professor, Marshall-Wythe School of Law, The College of William and Mary

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