African Perspectives on Human Dignity for Everyone Everywhere

An endorsement and elaboration of the

Punta del Este Declaration on Dignity for Everyone Everywhere

By the African Consortium for Law and Religion Studies at its

Seventh Annual Law and Religion in Africa Conference

Law, Religion, and Environment in Africa

Gaborone, Botswana, 19-21 May 2019

EIGHTH ANNUAL CONFERENCE

Law, Religion, and the Family

NAIROBI, KENYA
17 to 20 May 2020

CALL FOR PAPERS
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Following the success of conferences in Ghana (2013), South Africa (2014), Namibia (2015) and Ethiopia (2016), Morocco (2017), Nigeria (2018), and Botswana (2019) the African Consortium for Law and Religion Studies will be convening its Eighth Annual Law and Religion Conference in Nairobi, Kenya from 17 to 20 May 2020, in collaboration with Hekima University College, and the International Center for Law and Religion Studies of the Brigham Young University Law School, USA. The theme for the conference will be Law, Religion, and the Family. The Declaration on the Rights of the Child was adopted by the United Nations in 1959 and its sixtieth anniversary, along with the twentieth anniversary of the coming into force of the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child in 1999, provide a timely occasion to focus on the institution of the family in its broadest sense and its interrelationship with law and religion. It is anticipated that papers and panels at the 2020 conference will address particular instances from individual African countries, as well as more general and comparative issues. The following suggested sub-themes are designed to give an outline of the scope of the conference, but should not be seem as limiting the scope of... more

Image for The Seventh Annual Law and Religion in Africa Conference: <em>Law, Religion, and Environment in Africa </em>, Gaborone, Botswana 19-21 May 2019

Following the success of conferences in Ghana (2013), South Africa (2014), Namibia (2015), Ethiopia (2016), Morocco (2017) and Nigeria (2018), the African Consortium for Law and Religion Studies convened its Seventh Annual Law and Religion Conference in Gaborone, Botswana from 19 to 21 May 2019 in collaboration with the Department of Theology & Religious Studies, the Department of Law at the University of Botswana, and the International Center for Law and Religion Studies of the Brigham Young University Law School, USA.

The subject of the conference was  Law, Religion, and Environment in Africa. Themes included:

  • Freedom of Religion or Belief, Human Rights, and the Environment
  • Religion and International Law on the Environment in Africa since the 1992 Kyoto Protocol, the 2015 Paris Climate Accord and in relation to the 2030 UN Agenda
  • Religion and the Governance of Sacred Sites, Biosphere Reserves and Heritage Sites
  • Environmental Policies on Land, Water, Pollution, Waste, and Food and Religious Human Rights Movements/Responses
  • Faith-Based Organisations and Interreligious Initiatives on Environment in Africa
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Image for Law, Religion, and Human Flourishing: Abuja, Nigeria 20-22 May 2018

The 2018 ACLARS Conference—Law, Religion, and Human Flourishing—was held 20-22 May 2018 at Baze University in Abuja, Nigeria. Participants gathered to explore their shared interest in the relationship of law and religion to the advancement of human flourishing. The conference was co-sponsored by ACLARS (the African Consortium for Law and Religion Studies), ICLARS (the International Consortium for Law and Religion Studies, Milan, Italy), WARCLARS (the West African Regional Center for Law and Religion Studies, Faculty of Law, University of Lagos, Nigeria), and ICLRS (the International Center for Law and Religion Studies, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University, United States).

Image for Religion, Law, and Security in Africa: Rabat,  Morocco 14-17 May 2017

The Fifth Annual Conference of the African Consortium for Law and Religion Studies — Religion, Law, and Security in Africa —  took place in Rabat, Morocco, from 14 to 17 May 2017. Following the success of conferences in Ghana (2013), South Africa (2014), Namibia (2015) and Ethiopia (2016), this event was a collaboration of ACLARS with the International University of Rabat; the International Center for Law and Religion Studies (ICLRS) of Brigham Young University Law School, United States; and the International Consortium for Law and Religion Studies (ICLARS), Milan, Italy.... more

Image for Religious Pluralism, Heritage, and Social Development in Africa: Addis Ababa 22-24 May 2016

More than 60 scholars, legal professionals, and religious leaders from Africa and many other parts of the world joined in the Fourth Conference on Law and Religion in Africa, sponsored by the African Consortium for Law and Religion Studies (ACLARS) and held Sunday, 22 May to Tuesday, 24 May, 2016 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. A workshop for early career scholars was held immediately prior to the conference on May 22. The theme of the conference, which was hosted by College of Law and Good Governance Studies of Addis Ababa University and held at the Capital Hotel, was "Religious Pluralism, Heritage, and Social Development in Africa".

Awol Wagris, Ethiopia State Minister of Federal and Pastoralist Affairs, delivered the opening speech of the conference: "Looking ahead," he said, "the greatest challenges our country faces with regard to the protection of religious freedom and promotion of religious pluralism are religious extremism, intolerance, and violent conflict." He added that addressing this challenge effectively requires the promotion of mutual understanding, respect, cooperation among governmental bodies, various religious communities, and the section of society that professes to be non-religious. [See AAU hosts African Conference on Law and Religion.]

Image for Religious Freedom and Religious Pluralism in Africa: Windhoek Namibia 18-19 May 2015

The Third Conference on Law and Religion in Africa took place in Windhoek, Namibia, May 18-19, 2015. This memorable and very successful conference focused on the theme "Religious Freedom and Religious Pluralism in Africa: Prospects and Limitations." Some sixty participants participated in the conference, from 17 countries:  UK, US, Ethiopia, Egypt, Nigeria, Benin, Ghana, South Africa, Senegal, Namibia, Rwanda, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Zambia, Botswana, Uganda, Belgium.

Participants discussed such topics as:

  • African traditional law / religion
  • Human rights and dignity (including rights of
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Image for The Quest for the Common Good in Pluralistic Societies: Stellenbosch 26-28 May 2014

The Second Conference on Law and Religion in Africa took place in Stellenbosch, South Africa 26-28- May 2014.  The theme of the Confere was Law and Religion in Africa 2014: The Quest for the Common Good in Pluralistic Societies. Keynote speakers were South African Constitutional Court Emeritus Justice Albie Sachs and Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng.  The conference was sponsored by Stellenbosch University, the Faculty of Law and Faculty of Theology (Unit for the Study of Law and Religion, Beyers Naudé Centre for Public Theology); the International Center for Law and Religion Studies (ICLRS), J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University, United States; the International Consortium for Law and Religion Studies (ICLARS, Milan); Catholic University of Leuven; and Juta & Company (Publishers and Booksellers). As a major event of the conference, the African Consortium for Law and Religion Studies (ACLARS) was officially launched, with Prof dr Pieter Coertzen as President.

Image for Law and Religion in Africa: Comparative Practices, Experiences, and Prospects: Ghana 14-15 January 2013

The conference "Law and Religion in Africa: Comparative Practices, Experiences, and Prospects" was held 14-15 January 2013 at the University of Ghana in Legon, Ghana. 

Scholars, legal professionals, and religious leaders from Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana, Liberia, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierre Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, the United Kindgom, and the United States gathered in Legon for the two-day event.  

The event was sponsored by the Unit for the Study of Law and Religion in the Faculty of Theology, Stellenbosch University, South Africa; the Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, South Africa; the Faculty of Law, University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana; the Center for the Study of Law and Religion, Emory University, United States; and the ... more