Academic Conference - International Religious Freedom and the Global Clash of Values

Jun 21, 2014
1:30 pm
Libera Università Maria SS. Assunta
June 21, 2014 1:30 pm

The Centers for Law and Religion and for International and Comparative Law at St. John's University and the Department of Law at the Libera Università Maria SS. Assunta (LUMSA) are pleased to present an Academic conference:

International Religious Freedom and the Global Clash of Values

Taking place in Rome on Friday, June 20, and Saturday, June 21, 2014, this conference will bring together American and European scholars and policymakers to discuss religious freedom across the world from a variety of perspectives. Proceedings will be in English and Italian with simultaneous translation.

Conference Agenda

Friday, June 20, 2014

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

2:30 - 2:45 p.m.

2:45 - 4 p.m.
Keynote Panel

Religious Freedom in International Law, Yesterday and Today
Thomas Farr (Georgetown University)
John Witte, Jr. (Emory University)
Moderator: Marc DeGirolami (St. John’s University)

4:15 – 5:30 
Panel 1: The Politics of International Religious Freedom
Pasquale Annicchino (European University Institute)
Heiner Bielefeldt (UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief)
Hon. Ken Hackett (US Ambassador to the Holy See)
Moderator: Margaret E. McGuinness (St. John’s University)

Saturday, June 21, 2014

8:30 - 9 a.m.
Coffee & Cornetti

9 - 10:15 a.m.
Panel 2: Comparative Perspectives on International Religious Freedom
Francisca Pérez-Madrid (University of Barcelona)
Marco Ventura (Catholic University Leuven and University of Siena)
Roberto Zaccaria (University of Florence)
Moderator: Monica Lugato (LUMSA)

10:15 - 10:30 a.m.

10:30 - 11:45 a.m.
Panel 3: Christian and Muslim Perspectives on International Religious Freedom
Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na’im (Emory University)
Olivier Roy (European University Institute)
Nina Shea (Hudson Institute)
Moderator: Mark L. Movsesian (St. John's University)

Noon - 12:30 p.m.
Conference Conclusions
Giuseppe Dalla Torre


Please register to attend the Conference by e-mail to:

More Information

Monica Lugato | LUMSA Department of Law |
Mark Movsesian | St. John's School of Law |