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St. John’s Law Centers to Co-Host Rome Conference on International Religious Freedom

Monday, June 2, 2014

Taking place at LUMSA’s campus in Rome, Italy, the conference will bring together leading American and European scholars and officials to discuss the place of religious freedom in international law and politics. Speakers will address a variety of perspectives and the proceedings will be in English and Italian with simultaneous translation. The engaging conference panels are:

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

Comparative Perspectives on International Religious Freedom
Francisca Pérez-Madrid (University of Barcelona)
Marco Ventura (Catholic University Leuven, University of Siena)
Roberto Zaccaria (University of Florence)
Moderator: Monica Lugato (LUMSA)

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 Movsesian (St. John's University)

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)

“We are delighted to continue our collaboration with LUMSA, which began when we co-hosted a June 2012 conference on “State-Sponsored Religious Symbols in the U.S. and Europe” at its main campus in Rome,” said Mark L. Movsesian, the Frederick A. Whitney Professor of Contract Law and the Director of the Center for Law and Religion at St. John’s Law. “With its historic importance as a center of law and culture, Rome offers a wonderful backdrop for this important dialogue on religious freedom in its global context.”

Conference registration is open through June 9, 2014. If you would like to register, please contact [email protected]. To learn more about the conference, contact Monica Lugato at [email protected] or Mark L. Movsesian at [email protected].