2015 Namibia Conference
Bonginkosi Dennis Xulu – Belgium
Reverend, KU Leuven

Currently a PhD Student in KU Leuven Belgium. Obtained a Bachelor in Sacred Theology (BSC) through the Urbanian University (Rome) in 2002 and a Bachelor in Administration (Badmin) from the University of South Africa (UNISA) the same year. Obtained his Masters in Society, Law and Religion from KU Leuven in the year 2010. Currently holds a Licentiate in Canon Law (JCL) and a Masters in Canon Law which he obtained in KU Leuven in 2012.  

Michel Alokpo – Benin
Head of the Mission, Ministry of Interior and Public Security

A primary actor of Movement of Change that carried Dr. Boni Yayi into power in Benin in 2006. Formerly Clerk of the Court of First Instance of Parakou and of Cotonou. Consultative Secretary General of the republic’s Framework of Religious Organizations. Director of  NGO "Youth with a Mission", in which he and his wife, Monique, have conducted numerous trainings. Received certificate of qualification in law and other diplomas in communication, management, and leadership. Wrote the pamphlet La Réfondation, Mythe ou Réalité? (Refoundation, Myth or Reality), and with his wife he is author of three books, La Bible et le Christianisme céleste (The Bible and Heavenly Christianity), Lèves-toi et va! (Get Up and Go!), and Va et raconte-leur (Go and Tell Them). Campaigned for unionism and several other associations of civil society. National Coordinator of Operation Christmas Child of the NGO "Samaritan’s Purse" for several years. Elevated to the grade of Chevalier of the National Order by General Mathiew Kerekou in 2001

Jean-Baptiste Sourou – Benin
Professor of Communications, Saint Augustine University of Tanzania

Professor of Communications at Saint Augustine University of Tanzania in Mwanza, and teaches Rituals and Communications at the Gregorian University in Rome, Italy. Founder and president of the Center for Documentation and Research on Art and Social Sciences (CeDReS Project) in Benin Republic. Holds a BA, MA and PhD in Social Communications and Social Sciences from the Gregorian University. BA and MA in Theology from universities in Padua and Rome. International media practitioner, and has won prestigious awards in the field, namely The International Award of Solidarity with Refugees at the 2013 International Journalism and Media Awards, and the Award of the Best Writer/Author at the 2013 Africa-Italy Excellence Awards. Research interests center on rites, dance and music, and the relationship between media, culture and religion, especially in Africa. These researches earned him international honours, such as the 2012 African Studies Association (ASA) Presidential Fellowship and the 2007 International Award in Media, Religion and Culture. Works on the African immigration through the Mediterranean Sea to Europe. Founded two Associations: Cedres NGO in Benin and Il Cedro in Italy to promote Education in Africa as a solution to the endless flows of African immigrants towards Europe.

Muhammed Haron – Botswana
Professor, Department of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Botswana

Associate Professor in the Department of Theology & Religious Studies at the University of Botswana, where he teaches Religious Studies courses. Associate researcher in the 'Study of Islam' program at the University of Johannesburg (UJ). Executive member of the Centre for Contemporary Islam at the University of Cape Town (UCT). Authored The Dynamics of Christian-Muslim Relations; edited Going Forward: South African-Malaysia Relations; compiled/edited South Africa’s Muslims: Annotated Bibliography and South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission: An Annotated Bibliography; co-authored with Prof. Yasien Mohamed First Steps in Arabic Grammar and Second Steps in Arabic Grammar and co-edited with Prof. Dangor Islamic Civilization in Southern Africa. Edited a special issue on "Arabo-Islamic Manuscripts [in Africa]" for Tydksrif vir Letterkunde (University of Pretoria), and a special issue on “Muslims in Southern Africa” for BOLESWA: Journal of Theology, Religion and Philosophy (University of Botswana). Co-edited Muslim Higher Education in Postcolonial Africa (forthcoming).

Obed Kealotswe – Botswana
Senior Lecturer, Theology and Religious Studies, University of Botswana

Teaches in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Botswana. He has studied at the Universities of Lesotho and Zimbabwe and received his PhD from the University of Edinburgh. His research is mainly in the field of African Independent Churches, their theologies and healing practices especially in respect of HIV/AIDS.

M. Diana Kebaneilwe – Botswana
Lecturer, University of Botswana

PhD in Old Testament Studies from the University of Murdoch in Perth, Australia in 2012. The title of PhD thesis was This Courageous Woman: A Socio-rhetorical Womanist Reading of Proverbs 31:10-31. Lecturer of Hebrew and Old Testament Studies in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Botswana. Research interests include Women and the Hebrew Bible, HIV and AIDS and the Hebrew Bible, and The Bible and the Environment.

Mohamed Abdelaal – Egypt
Assistant Professor of Law, Alexandria University School of Law

Assistant Professor of Constitutional and Administrative law at Alexandria University, Faculty of Law.  Bachelor of Laws  degree from Alexandria University, Faculty of Law ("English" Department),  diploma in public law and Master of Laws and Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD/PhD) from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. Focuses teaching and scholarship on Constitutional Law; Administrative Law, Islamic Law, Islamic Constitutional Law, International Human Rights. Authored review articles and has been presenter and panelist in law conferences and workshops in USA. Licensed to practice law in Egypt and admitted as certified arbitrator under Egyptian Law. Permanent member of the Egyptian American Rule of Law Association (EARLA), Washington DC, and was invited for two consecutive years (2012-2013) to serve as an Egyptian expert to draft the Rule of Law Index Report sponsored by the World Justice Project (WJP).

Mohammed Dejen Assen – Ethiopia
Lecturer, Addis Ababa University

Lecturer and PhD Candidate in the College of Law and Governance Studies at Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. Research interests include Secularism and Freedom of Religion, Federalism and Conflict Resolution, Language Policy, and Minority Rights Protection.   

Gidey Seyoum Halibo – Ethiopia
Doctor of Canon Law, KU Leuven

Sacrae Theologiae Baccalaureus from the Gregorian University in Rome, Bachelor of Science in Management at Mekelle University in Ethiopia, a Master of Society, Law and Religion (MSLR), a Master of Canon Law - Iuris Canonici Licentiatus (JCL), Certificate in Information Management at KU Leuven and PhD from KU Leuven in 2015. Provided a public lecture on the relationship between Morality, Religion and Law in Mekell University and a doctoral seminar in the School of Law at SOAS, University of London on the Right to Freedom of Association and Unions of Church Employees in Ethiopia.

Getachew Assefa Woldemariam – Ethiopia
Dr., College of Law and Governance Studies, Addis Ababa University Law School

LLB Degree (with Distinction) from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia and LLM Degree from the University of San Francisco. PhD in law from the University of Melbourne (2014). Author of numerous publications appearing in national and foreign academic journals including the American Journal of Comparative Law. Author of Ethiopian Constitutional Law with Comparative Notes and Materials: a textbook and Grass-roots Justice in Ethiopia: The Contribution of Customary Dispute Resolution (co-editor with Alula Pankhurst). Currently, associate professor and Dean of College of Law and Governance Studies of Addis Ababa University. Areas of research and teaching interest include Ethiopian and comparative constitutional law and federalism, human rights law, law and religion, children’s and women’s rights, administrative law, local governance, Ethiopian and comparative judicial system and dispute settlement, alternative dispute settlement and traditional (informal) justice systems.

Abamfo Ofori Atiemo – Ghana
Professor, Department for the Study of Religions, University of Ghana

Senior lecturer and former Head of Department for the Study of Religions, University of Ghana. Educated at the Free University of Amsterdam, the Institute of Social Studies (ISS), The Hague, The University of Ghana and the Trinity Theological Seminary, Legon.  Holds PhD (Free University of Amsterdam), Post Graduate Diploma in Human Rights (Institute of Social Studies, The Hague), MPhil (University of Ghana), BA (Hons) and Dip Theo (Trinity Theological Seminary/University of Ghana). Teaches Comparative/History of Religion. Research interests include Religion and Human Rights, Hinduism in Ghana, and Evil and Popular Piety in Ghanaian Christianity and Islam. Former Senior Fellow at Indian Institute of Advance Study in Shimla, India, and visiting professor at the Faculty of Theology in the University of Pretoria. Has been a Fellow of Linnaeus-Palme Exchange Programme at the University of Gavle. Recent publications include Religion and the Inculturation of Human Rights in Ghana. Ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, and in charge of the Logos Congregation, Achimota College.

Kofi Quashigah – Ghana
Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Ghana

Dean of the School of Law, University of Ghana. Before joining the University of Ghana he taught at the University of Nigeria Enugu Campus. Fulbright Scholar at the Harvard Human Rights Program between 2001-2002 and a McArthur Foundation Visiting Scholar at the University of Wisconsin in 1992. Teaching and research interests include Constitutional Law, Human Rights, International Humanitarian Law, Jurisprudence, Governance, Elections Law, Law and Religion, and Alternative Dispute Resolution. Member of the General Legal Council of Ghana and on the Advisory Board of the Ministry of Justice. For several years he has been the President of the Ghana Association of Certified Mediators and Arbitrators. 

Esha Faki Mwinyihaji – Kenya
Lecturer in Islamic Studies, Maseno University

Lecturer in Islamic Studies and current Chair of Department of Religion, Theology and Philosophy in Maseno University, Kenya. Research interests are Muslims women’s rights and the Shari’a, with a focus on Education, Inheritance, politics, marriage and Property; Religion and Politics, Inter-religious Dialogue, Divination and Islam and Human Rights. Author of The Persistence of Divination among Swahili Muslims in Kenya

Damaris Seleina Parsitau – Kenya
Lecturer, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Egerton University

Lecturer and a researcher of Kenyan Pentecostalism based at Egerton University, Kenya. Published more than 20 book chapters and journal articles on Kenyan Pentecostalism. Recently completed PhD thesis on Neo-Pentecostalism: Its Civic and Public Roles in Kenya (1970-2012). Currently researching Pentecostals and politics, Christian churches, Islamophobia, and the Kadhi court controversy, prophesy and prayer as civic engagement. Formerly a visiting research fellow—women and public culture—at the University of Cambridge, UK and a visiting fellow—civil society and development in Africa—at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.

Willie Zeze – Malawi
Resource Specialist, Stellenbosch University

Holds Bachelor of Divinity,  Masters of Theology in Ecclesiology, distinction, and Doctor of Theology from Stellenbosch University. Obtained Licentiate in Theology and Certificate in Applied Theology. Church minister of Khola Congregation of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) (2002-2006). Lecturer in Ecclesiology: Church History and Church Law at Josophat Mwale Theological Institute-Malawi (2006-2010). Served Buwa Congregation as Pastor and became founder and Executive Director of Buwa Mission Open Distance Education. Worked as Regional Coordinator for Theological Education by Extension in Malawi. Elected as Actuarius of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian CCAP-Malawi and also as Chairperson for the Board of Nkhoma Nursing College and Secretary for Nkhoma Printing Press and Christian Literature Committee. Since 2003 he has been serving on the Church Law Committees of the CCAP. Current Resource Specialist and Senior Lecturer in Ecclesiology at Mukhanyo Theological College in South Africa. 

T. Jeremy Gunn – Morocco
Associate Professor, International Studies, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Al Akhawayn University

Associate Professor of International Studies, Al Akhawayn University, Morocco.  PhD from Harvard University, Juris Doctor from Boston University (magna cum laude), MA from the University of Chicago, and BA with combined majors in International Relations and Humanities from the Honors Program at Brigham Young University (High Honors with Distinction). Publications include his Harvard dissertation, published as A Standard for Repair: The Establishment Clause, Equality, and Natural Rights,  and books and articles Spiritual "Religious Symbols in Public Schools: The Islamic Headscarf and the European Court of Human Rights Decision in Sahin v. Turkey"; "Permissible Limitations on Religion"; "Freedom of Religion and International Politics", World Politics Review; "Religious Symbols and Religious Expression in the Public Square"; "The Human Rights System"; and No Establishment of Religion: America’s Original Contribution to Religious Liberty, ed. with John Witte Jr.

Amal Idrissi – Morocco
Professor in Public Law and Political Sciences, University Moulay Ismael

Professor of Law and Political Science at the University of Moulay Ismail in Meknès, Morocco. Previously taught at University Hassan I in Settat, Morocco. Received a National Doctorate in Public Law from Hassan II University in Casablanca. In addition to teaching public law and constitutional law, her research interests and publications focus on women and law in the contemporary Muslim world.

Shahin Aadeh – Namibia
Professor, Bahá'í Faith

Wahl Abrahams – Namibia
Bishop, Kingdom Faith Builders

John Baloro – Namibia
Dean, Faculty of Law, University of Namibia

Francois Bangamwabo – Namibia
Professor

Editor of the South African Development Community Law Journal Trust, and author of numerous articles including a chapter titled International Criminal Justice and Protection of Human Rights in Africa, in Human Rights in Africa (eds. Anton Bosi and Joseph Diescho). Holds a LLM degree from the National University of Ireland and a LLB from the University of Zimbabwe. A recent publication is The independence and the impartiality of ad hoc international criminal tribunals: The case study of the International Criminal Tribunal of Rwanda. 

Yvonne Dausab – Namibia
Deputy Dean, Faculty of Law, University of Namibia

Joseph Diescho – Namibia
Director and Head of International Relations and Partnerships UNISA (South Africa)

Studied Law and Political Science at University of Fort Hare in South Africa, involved in student politics; was imprisoned in Peddie and East London. Received BA (Law), BA (Hons), MA and was youngest recipient of Doctor of Philosophy and Literature in the history of Fort Hare (1987). Academic Exchange Scholar studying African Politics and Political Economy, Hamburg University Germany. As Fulbright Scholar at Columbia University obtained two more masters degrees and a second doctorate in Political Science/ International Relations. Studied education at Teachers College, Columbia University, and Theology at the Union Theological Seminary, New York. Joined the University of South Africa (UNISA) as head of Public Relations and Development and served as an Extraordinary Professor of Politics at the University of Pretoria. Founder and presenter of a weekly economic and political analysis programme on SABC 2. Has lectured on Leadership, Diversity Management and Strategic Thinking, and Black Economic Empowerment at UNISA School for Leadership and elsewhere. Author of numerous publications. Has served as speechwriter for Presidents  Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki. Currently Director and Head of International Relations and Partnerships at UNISA in Pretoria.

André du Pisani – Namibia
Professor, University of Namibia

Namibian political scientist who has been a professor at the University of Namibia since 1998, has managed the Southern African Defence and Security Management Network (SADSEM) (Namibia) for the past decade, and has been the country coordinator of the Volkswagen Foundation multinational research project on reconciliation, post-conflict reconstruction and peace in Southern Africa for the past three years. Serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Namibian Studies and is a trustee of the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), the Tulipamwe Arts Trust and the John Muafangejo Art Centre, and a member of the Executive Committee of the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE).

Johannes Nicolaas Horn – Namibia
Professor, University of Namibia

Associate Professor of Law at the University of Namibia. Teaches Philosophy of Law and Constitutional Law and has also taught Human Rights Law, Public International Law and Criminal Procedure. Dean of the Faculty of Law from January 2008 until May 2010. Director of the Unman Rights and Documentation Centre at UNAM for six years. Previous state advocate prosecuting in the High Court of Namibia. Published extensively on the Namibian Constitution. Trustee of the Namibia Law Journal Trust and the SADC Law Journal Trust and editor-in-chief of the Namibian Law Journal since its inception in 2009. Trained theologian and senior lecturer in the Faculty of Theology at the University of the Western Cape (1980’s). Written extensively on the South African Pentecostal movement and its relationship with the political movements of the day.

Zephania Kameeta – Namibia
Honorable Bishop, Evangelical Lutheran Church

Ordained a minister of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Namibia in 1972, and taught at the Paulinum Seminary from 1973, and was principal 1976-77. In 1975, Founded the Namibia National Convention. A parish minister in Lǔderitz from 1978 to 1981 and was elected vice-president of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in 1982 and deputy bishop in 1985. When Namibia became an independent nation in 1990 he was elected as a member of the National Assembly and became its first Deputy Speaker. In 2002 was named bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Republic of Namibia where he served until 2013. Recently named by President Hage Geingob as Namibia’s Minister for Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare. 

Clem Marais – Namibia
Reverend, Dutch Reformed Church

Armas Shikongo – Namibia
Psychologist, UNAM Academic and Muslim Activist

Desmond Dawid Tjipanga – Namibia

Wylie V. Upi – Namibia
Bishop, Oruuano Protestant Unity Church

John Walters – Namibia
Ombudsman

John Walters is currently serving as Namibia's third permanently appointed Ombudsman since the country's independence where he has served since 2004. Previously he served as the Acting Prosecutor General of Namibia following many years of service in the Prosecutor General’s office that included involvement in many important and high profile cases. He graduated with a B.A. LL.B. degree from the University of Western Cape in South Africa in 1980.  

Abubakar Imam Ali-Agan – Nigeria
Senior Lecturer in Islamic Jurisprudence, Department of Religions, University of Ilorin

Senior Lecturer of  Islamic Jurisprudence,  particular emphasis on the Prophetic Traditions (Sunnah and Hadith), Department of Religions, Faculty of Arts, University of Ilorin, Ilorin, kwara State. Has attended major national and international conferences on interfaith dialogue. Presented paper on "Conflict between Religion and Culture" at 34th Annual African Literature Association Conference at Western Illinois University, Macomb. Presented  paper on "Urbanization and Resources Sustainability: Lessons From Maqasid Al- Sharicah" at the International Conference on Humanities, School of Humanities, Universiti Sains, Penang, Malaysia. Currently member of the Expanded Nigeria Inter Religious Council and the Secretary of the DaCwah Committee of the Nigerian Supreme Council for the Islamic Affairs.

A. Wahab Egbewole – Nigeria
Professor of Law, Department of Jurisprudence and International Law, Islamic University of Ilorin

Called to the Nigerian Bar as a Solicitor and Advocate, a holder of a MA and PhD in Law. Currently Professor in the Department of Jurisprudence and International Law at Islamic University of Ilorin, where he has served in various capacities, including Sub-Dean, Head of Department, and later Acting Dean of Law. Member of learned societies including the American Society of International Law, International Bar Association, British Institute of International and Comparative Law, Law and Society Association Society for Peace Studies and Practice, and Nigerian Bar Association. Published widely in the areas of Jurisprudence and Legal Theory, Public International Law, Judicial Process, Law and Development, including Jurisprudence of Election Petitions by the Nigerian Court of Appeal. Has attended numerous conferences and served in executive positions of learned societies including Nigerian Bar Association and Academic Staff Union of Universities. Serving as External Examiner in Universities across the continent. Recently appointed as Academic Auditor by the Faculty of Law, University of Cape Coast, Ghana.

Femi Falana – Nigeria
Attorney, Hallmarks of Labour Foundation

Nigerian lawyer and human rights activist. Former president of the National Association of Democratic Lawyers and former chairman of the West African Bar Association. Former national chairman of the National Conscience Party. Graduate of the Nigerian Law School, Lagos, in 1981 and University of Ife, now Obafemi Awolowo University.

Ahmed Salisu Garba – Nigeria
Professor, Faculty of Law, Bauchi State University

Completed primary and secondary schools in Jos. Attended university of Jos, Faculty of Law for First and Second Degrees and graduated in 2004 and 2011 respectively. Called to the Nigerian Bar in 2005 and now teaches law at the Bauchi State University, Gadau in Nigeria. A PhD candidate at the Faculty of Law, Bayero University Kano, Nigeria working on regulation of religious preaching in Nigeria with focus on Islamic Preaching Board Laws. Visiting Scholar at the University of Iowa  College of Law in the United States from August–December 2013.

Akinola Ibidapo-Obe – Nigeria
Professor and Dean, University of Lagos Law School

Dean of the Faculty of Law and Director of the Centre for Human Rights, University of Lagos where he has been teaching in the Dept. of Public Law since 1989. Principal Partner in the law firm of Akin Ibidapo-Obe & Company, Legal Practitioners, Consultants & Arbitrators. Human Rights Activist, Founder and Executive Director of Masses League for Legal Aid and Human Rights (MALLAHR) established to provide legal aid to indigents. Successfully hosted (with support from BYU, ACLARS, and the Nigerian Bar Association) an international Conference on Law and Religion on the theme: "Towards Law and Religious Freedom in Africa" from 23-27 February 2015 at the University of Lagos. An important outcome was establishment of the Nigerian Association for Law and Religion Studies (to promote research and education on law and religion issues) and the West African Regional Centre for Law and Religion Studies located within the university with Lagos as a hub in the West African sub region for university-based research and education on law and religion.

Abdulmumini Adebayo Oba – Nigeria
Professor of Law, Department of Jurisprudence and International Law, University of Ilorin

Senior Lecturer in the Department of Jurisprudence and International Law, Faculty of Law, University of Ilorin, teaching Nigerian Legal System, Law and Social Change, and Human Rights. Holds  LLB (Ife), LLM (Ife), and PhD (IIUM). Enrolled as solicitor and advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. Has been in legal private practice and has been an officer at the Ministry of Justice. Research interests are Law and Human Diversity in International and Municipal Laws with focus on religion, culture and legal pluralism (Islamic law, Customary Law and Common Law). Recent publications include "Religious and Customary Laws in Nigeria",  Emory International Law Review; "The Future of Customary Law in Africa" in  Fenrich, Galizzi, and Higgins (eds), The Future of African Customary Law; "The Judicial Practice in Islamic Family Law and Its Relation to 'Urf (Custom) in Northern Nigeria", Islamic Law and Society; and "New Muslim Perspectives in the Human Rights Debate" in Frick and Mueller (eds), Islam and International Law: Engaging Self-Centrism from a Plurality of Perspectives.

Danoye Oguntola-Laguda – Nigeria
Senior Lecturer, Lagos State University, Department of Religions

PhD, scholar of religion with specialization in Philosophy of Religion. Works in the Department of Religions, Lagos State University, where he lectures and researches the social values of religions, especially those dominant in Nigerian religious space. Areas of interest include religion and conflicts, teaching and study of religion, and religion and social institutions. Member of America Academy of Religion (AAR) and Africa Association for the Study of Religion (AASR). Published in several journals of international repute including Journal of Religion in Africa and Journal of Africa and Oriental Studies (JOAS).

Oyeronke Olademo – Nigeria
Professor of Comparative Religion, Department of Religions, University of Ilorin

Professor of Comparative Religious Studies, Department of Religions, University of Ilorin. Widely published in local, national and international journals. Has attended and presented papers in many international conferences in North America, the United Kingdom, and Europe. Post-doctoral fellowships have included the Salzburg Seminar, CODESRIA, and Visiting Lecturer and Fellow, Harvard Divinity School. Presented the 136th Inaugural Lecture of the University of Ilorin on 27 June 2013. Has been involved with collaborative academic works across disciplines, nationally and internationally for the past twenty years. 

Wahab Kunle Shittu – Nigeria
Faculty of Law and Coordinator, Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Lagos

Lecturer in the Department of Jurisprudence and International Law, Faculty of Law University of Lagos. Graduated from the Faculty of Law, University of Lagos in 1986. Passed his LL.M Examinations with distinction in 1995. Holds a Master's Degree in Public Administration and International Affairs (MPIA) with distinction from the same University in 2010. Currently a Doctoral Research Student at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (NIALS). Serves as the Coordinator Centre for Human Rights University of Lagos. 

Evode Kayitana – Rwanda
Vice-Dean, National University of Rwanda, College of Arts and Social Sciences

Obtained Bachelor of Laws (LLB) at National University of Rwanda (NUR), Master of Laws (LLM) at the University of South Africa (UNISA), specialising in Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure. Completed Doctor of Laws (LLD) at the North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus. Certificates in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights from the Peace Operations Training Institute. Current Vice Dean and Lecturer at the University of Rwanda, School of Law, where he teaches Criminal Law (LLB), International Criminal Law (LLB) and Criminal Processes (LLM). One of the chapters he teaches in Criminal Law is "Constitutional Aspects of Criminal Law", in which he discusses the different limitations that Criminal Law may impose on human rights such as the right to freedom of religion.

Iain T. Benson – South Africa
Faculty of Law, University of the Free State

Called to Bars of BC and Ontario, Canada; currently Professor Extraordinary, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein; Visiting Professor (Comparative Constitutional Law) Faculty of Law, University of Western Ontario, South African Institute for Advanced Constitutional, Human Rights, Public and  International Law; Senior Research Fellow, Chester Ronning Centre for the Study of Religion and Public Life, University of Alberta; Member of the Board and Executive Committee of the Global Centre for Pluralism, Ottawa, Canada. Retained by the Federal Government of Canada for Policy Research Initiative on "Religion and Public Policy" (Jan 2008); one of the drafters of the South African Charter of Religious Rights and Freedoms (2010); Special Rapporteur on Law and Religion in Canada and South Africa to the Pontifical Academy of the Social Sciences, Vatican City (2012); many academic articles and book chapters; work cited by both the Supreme Court of Canada and the Constitutional Court of South Africa. Author, Living Together with Disagreement: Pluralism, the Secular and the Fair Treatment of Beliefs by Law.  

Shawn Boshoff – South Africa
Attorney/General Secretary ACLARS, Law Society of South Africa

Practicing attorney residing Pretoria, South Africa. Managing partner at ALO Legal, a practice focused mainly on commercial cross-border law with a focus on Africa. Obtained an LLB and LLM from the University of South Africa. He has a deep passion for constitutional law and is currently engaged with the Council for the Promotion and Protection of Religious Rights and Freedoms as the National Secretary. Has participated in the discussion of Religion and Law for the past eight years.

Pieter Coertzen – South Africa
Faculty of Theology, Stellenbosch University

Seven degrees: BA, BA Hons, and MA in Philosophy - all cum laude - at Pothefstroom University for Christian Higher Education; Bachelor of Theology, Licentiate in Theology, and Master of Theology in Ecclesiology - all cum laude - and also doctorate degree in Theology (Ecclesiology), at the University of Stellenbosch. Parish minister of Dutch Reformed Church in Dundee, Natal. Student minister at Dutch Reformed Church Potchefstroom-North. Senior Lecturer in Ecclesiology, professor, and Dean of the Faculty of Theology (University of Stellenbosch). Was Associate Minister, Dutch Reformed Church Franschhoek; Actuarius, Dutch Reformed Church in South Africa and General Synod Dutch Reformed Church; Church Law Committees of Synod of the Dutch Reformed Church in South Africa of the General Synod. After retirement, appointed as Extraordinary Professor in Comparative Church Law at Catholic University of Louvain and continues research on religious freedom and church-state relations in the newly founded Unit for the Study of Law and Religion in the Beyers Naudé Centre for Public Theology, Faculty of Theology, University of Stellenbosch. Published 36 articles in NGTT (of which he has been editor for many years), has written 14 books and is co-author or editor of more than 30 other publications. Among many honors and activities: Chairman of the Huguenot Memorial Museum in Franschhoek. 

Shaun de Freitas – South Africa
Professor, University of the Free State

Associate Professor at the Department of Public Law at the University of the Free State, South Africa, where he teaches Constitutional Law and International Law at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Managing Editor of the Journal for Juridical Science. Specialises in matters related to religious rights and freedoms. 

Salim Bashir Magashi – South Africa
Doctoral Degree Candidate, Department of Public Law, Stellenbosch University

Doctoral degree candidate at the Department of Public Law, Stellenbosch University, South Africa. Full time academic staff of the Department of Public Law, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria. Interested in the pluralistic Nigerian legal system and its influence upon international human rights and development law and vice versa. 

Nokuzola Mndende – South Africa
Director, Icamagu Institute

Received PhD in Religious Studies. Over the course of her career has served as Deputy Chairperson, Commission on Traditional Leadership Disputes and Claims and President of Icamagu Spirituality, a national organization for African Traditional Religion (ATR) in South Africa. Has also worked as a freelance presenter of the ATR at Umhlobo Wenene, the second largest radio station of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC). Dr. Mndende  is a lecturer of the ATR and a consultant on all issues regarding religion in Africa. 

Enyinna Sodienye Nwauche – South Africa
Professor, Rhodes University Grahamstown

Associate Professor of Law, University of Botswana. Current research interest includes Constitutional Law in Africa; Law and religion in Africa. Published over numerous peer reviewed journal articles and a dozen chapters in local and international peer reviewed journals. Member of the Executive Committee of the African Network of Constitutional Lawyers and the Executive Committee of the International Association of Constitutional Law. 

Mary Anne Plaatjies van Huffel – South Africa
Faculty of Theology, University of Stellenbosch

Teaching Ecclesiology and Church Polity at the University of Stellenbosch. Currently serves as the moderator of General Synod of the Uniting Reformed Church in Southern Africa. Chosen in 2013 as the Africa President of the World Council of Churches. Holder of two doctorates, namely in Systematic Theology (UNISA) and in Church Polity (University of Pretoria). Published articles in accredited journals, including "Control, Secede, Vested Rights and Ecclesiastical Property"; "The relevance of Reformed Church Polity Principles: Revisiting the Concept". 

Asonzeh Ukah – South Africa
Senior Lecturer, Department of Religious Studies, University of Cape Town

Sociologist/historian of religion. Joined the University of Cape Town, South Africa, in 2013. Taught at the University of Bayreuth, Germany, from 2005 to 2013. In addition to numerous peer-reviewed essays published in international journals (in English, German, and Spanish), he is the author of A New Paradigm of Pentecostal Power: A Study of the Redeemed Christian Church of God in Nigeria (Africa World Press 2008).

E. Helena van Coller – South Africa
Faculty of Law, Rhodes University

Senior Lecturer at the Law Faculty of Rhodes University, South Africa. Main field of research is Administrative Law. Joined the Faculty in July 2005. Obtained LLB and LLM degrees from the University of the Free State and a LLM from the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands. Admitted as an advocate in 2004. Submitted her LLD on the topic of Administrative Law and Religious Organisations in 2012. Member of ICLARS (The International Consortium for Law and Religious Studies).

Hans Ingvar Filip Roth – Sweden
Professor of Human Rights, Stockholm University

Professor of human rights at the Institute of Turkish Studies (SUITS) at Stockholm University. PhD in Ethics from Lund University, Master of Letters in Philosophy from University of Oxford, BA in Political Science, Philosophy, Peace and Conflict Studies from Uppsala University and a MA in History and Religious Studies from Stockholm University. Written extensively on human rights, affirmative action, minority rights, multicultural education and epistemology, including Conceptions of Knowledge and Scepticism, The Multicultural Park—A Study of Common Values in School and Society, Identity and Pluralism, and most recently,  Är religion en mänsklig rättighet” (Is Religious Freedom a Human Right?). Research interests: intellectual history of the UN Declaration on Human Rights and religion and politics in Turkey. Worked as a professor in Human Rights Studies at Lund University (chair), professor of education at Stockholm University, senior lecturer in Religious Studies at Linköping University, researcher at the Centre for Multiethnic Studies at Uppsala University, senior advisor at the Ministry of Justice, Human Rights Officer for OSCE in Bosnia, and as secretary in the parliamentary committee on discrimination laws. Head of the Swedish team in the EU project "Accept Pluralism". 

George Byarugaba – Uganda
Father, University of the Western Cape

Catholic priest born in Uganda. Primary, secondary, and undergraduate studies done in Uganda. Obtained his undergraduate degrees in Philosophy and Divinity from Urbanian and Makerere Universities respectively. In 1996, he moved to Kokstad diocese–South Africa, to work as Fidei Donum priest. Master’s degree in Philosophy, specialized in Education Leadership and Management from St. Augustine’s College of South Africa in 2004. Studied at Santa Clara University-California from 2007-2012 where he obtained a Licentiate and Doctorate in Christian ethics. Adjunct lecturer of ethics at the University of the Western Cape. 

James O. Latigo – Uganda
Academic Programmes Director, Marcus Garvey Pan-African University

Academic Programmes Director, Lecturer and Research Fellow at the Marcus Garvey Pan-Afrikan Institute/University. Support Consultant for Conciliation Resources (UK) – East and Central African Program and serves as Board Chairman of the Trauma Healing & Reflection Center (THRIVE – Gulu). Active Christian and teaches the Gospel Doctrine Class in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Gulu Branch, where he previously served as Branch President. Current interest is Restorative Approaches to issues of Governance, Justice and Peace, Human Rights, Culture and Religion, Production and Health in a trans-disciplinary manner. 

Mark Hill – United Kingdom
Extraordinary Professor, University of Pretoria

Barrister specialising in ecclesiastical law and religious liberty. Has represented clients in UK Supreme Court and European Court of Human Rights.  Recorder on the Midland Circuit (sitting in criminal, civil and family cases) and Deputy Judge of Upper Tribunal, Immigration and Asylum Chamber. Sits as judge in ecclesiastical courts of the Church of England. Visiting Professor at Cardiff University’s Centre for Law and Religion, at University of Pretoria, and at the Dickson Poon School of Law at King’s College, London. Publications include Magna Carta, Religion and the Rule of Law, Religion and Law in the United Kingdom, Religion and Discrimination Law in the European Union, Ecclesiastical Law, Religious Liberty and Human Rights, and English Canon Law. Consultant Editor of the Ecclesiastical Law Journal and a member of the Editorial Boards of the Oxford Journal of Law and Religion and the Revista General de Derecho Canónico y Derecho Eclesiástico del Estado. Ecumenical Fellow in Canon Law at the Venerable English College in Rome, and a former President of the European Consortium for Church and State Research. Accredited mediator, current co-chair, and a founder of BIMA, a charity which promotes faith-based mediation.

W. Cole Durham, Jr. – United States
Susa Young Gates University Professor of Law and Director, International Center for Law and Religion Studies, Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School

Director of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies since the Center was officially organized on January 1, 2000. Graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, where he was a Note Editor of the Harvard Law Review and Managing Editor of the Harvard International Law Journal. Heavily involved in comparative law scholarship, with a special emphasis on comparative constitutional law. President of the International Consortium for Law and Religion Studies (ICLARS), based in Milan, Italy, and a Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Oxford Journal of Law and Religion. Served as the Secretary of the American Society of Comparative Law from 1989 to 1994. An Associate Member of the International Academy of Comparative Law in Paris—the premier academic organization at the global level in comparative law. Served as a General Rapporteur for the topic “Religion and the Secular State” at the 18th International Congress of Comparative Law held in July 2010. Served in earlier years as Chair both of the Comparative Law Section and the Law and Religion Section of the American Association of Law Schools.

M. Christian Green – United States
Senior Fellow, Center for the Study of Law and Religion, Emory University School of Law; and Editor, Journal of Law and Religion

Senior fellow at the Center for the Study of Law and Religion and an editor at the Journal of Law and Religion at Emory University. Taught religious ethics at DePaul University, Harvard Divinity School, and the Candler School of Theology at Emory. Visiting research fellow at the University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, researching issues of religion, rights, and identity during the 2010-2011 academic year. General research interests include law and religion, human rights, feminism and the family, religion and world affairs, and global ethics.

Rosalind I.J. Hackett – United States
Visiting Professor and Research Associate, Women's Studies in Religion Program, Harvard Divinity School

Professor and Head of Religious Studies, and adjunct in Anthropology, University of Tennessee. PhD in Religious Studies, University of Aberdeen. Taught at Nigerian universities.  Liberal Arts Fellow in Law and Religion, Harvard Law School, and Senior Fellow, Center for the Study of World Religions. Rockefeller Research Fellow at the Kroc Institute of International Peace Studies at University of Notre Dame.  Mellon Fellow at University of Cape Town in Religious Studies. Has published widely on religion in Africa, notably on new religious movements, religious media, gender and religion, regulation of religious diversity, and religion and conflict, including Proselytization Revisited: Rights Talk, Free Markets, and Culture Wars (ed.); Displacing the State: Religion and Conflict in Neoliberal Africa (ed. with James H. Smith); The Anthropology of Global Pentecostalism and Evangelicalism (ed. with Simon Coleman); New Media and Religious Transformations in Africa (ed. with Benjamin Soares). President International Association for the History of Religions (IAHR); co-founder of the IAHR Women Scholars Network. Founding member of the African Association for the Study of Religions (AASR), and has served as President of the North American Association for the Study of Religions (NAASR). Founder/coordinator of Jazz for Justice Project and UT Gulu Study and Service Abroad Program (GSSAP) in northern Uganda.

Elder Kevin S. Hamilton – United States
Member Second Quorum of the Seventy, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Abadir M. Ibrahim – United States
Guest Lecturer for Human Rights and Religion, St. Thomas University School of Law

Ethiopian Muslim, Islam scholar, and lawyer who is currently based in the US. Submitted proposal to draft a new "Axum Declaration" on human rights in Islam.

Robert T. Smith – United States
Managing Director, International Center for Law and Religion Studies, Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School

As Managing Director of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies is the Center's Regional Advisor for the United States. Co-author with W. Cole Durham, Jr., and William Bassett, of Religious Organizations and the Law, a treatise for lawyers representing religious organizations in the United States, updated annually. Has co-authored numerous articles on religious freedom and other legal topics and speaks at international conferences on religious topics. Was Executive Vice-President and General Counsel, CaseData Corporation, and shareholder and chairman of Corporate and Tax department at the law firm Kirton & McConkie. Worked with law firms in Washington, DC and Chicago and as a CPA for Deloitte & Touche. BS in accounting from BYU and MBA magna cum laude from University of Notre Dame. JD magna cum laude from BYU Law School, where he was editor-in-chief of the Law Review and named to the Order of the Coif.

Johan van der Vyver – United States
I.T. Cohen Professor of International Law and Human Rights, Emory University School of Law

I.T. Cohen Professor of International Law and Human Rights, Emory University, and Extraordinary Professor in the Department of Private Law of the University of Pretoria. Formerly Professor of Law at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg and the Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education in South Africa. Served as the Human Rights Fellow of The Carter Center from 1995-1998. Current teaching obligations comprise Public International Law, International Human Rights, International Criminal Law, International Humanitarian Law, and a seminar on Comparative Bills of Rights and one on Implementation of International Law in the United States. Holds the degrees of Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Laws, Honours Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy (Potchefstroom University); Doctor of Laws (University of Pretoria); and the Diploma of the International and Comparative Law of Human Rights (International Institute of Human Rights, Strasbourg). Awarded the Doctor of Laws degree (honoris causa) by the University of Zululand in 1993, and the Doctor of Laws degree (honoris causa) by Potchefstroom University in 2003. Author of eleven books and monographs and close to 300 chapters in books, law review and other articles, and book reviews. Research interests and publications include human rights, international criminal law and a great variety of other subject-matters.

Godfrey Msiska – Zambia
Reverend, Evangelical University College

Lecturer at Evangelical University College, Ndola. Diploma in Law (University of Zambia). Diploma and Bachelor of Theology (Justo Mwale Theological University College). Master’s in theology (Protestant Theological University, Netherlands). Currently pursuing PHD with University of Pretoria. Unpublished Bachelor’s thesis: "Globalization and Church in Africa: Economic Perspective and Challenges"; Master thesis, "Contextualisation of Church Polity: A Case Study for Church Discipline"; Diploma thesis: "Towards Protection of Intellectual Property Rights: A Challenge of Counterfeit Products in Zambia from 2001 to 2011." Published "Why We Need to Work Together," Insideout Magazine CWM, London; "Justice Begins at Home" ; "Compassion Can Make the World a Better Place for All" with International Student Chaplaincy, Netherlands, Annual Report; "Towards the Reconstruction of Church Polity in Zambia: Case Study in a Book"(Leo J. Koffeman and Johannes Smit eds), Protestant Church Polity in a Changing Context II.

Tarisai Mutangi – Zimbabwe
Dr., Midlands State University

LLD and LLM from the University of Pretoria, and LLBs Degree from the University of Zimbabwe. Practices and teaches international human rights at Midlands State University, Zimbabwe. Associate Researcher with the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria. Research interests are in human rights, with a specific focus on domestication of international human rights standards on access to justice, freedom of expression and religious freedom. Carries out consulting work with state and non-state entities on issues of governance and law reform.    

Fortune Sibanda – Zimbabwe
Lecturer, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies

Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Great Zimbabwe University, Masvingo. PhD candidate with the University of Zimbabwe. Published articles in refereed journals and book chapters on various themes from a religious perspective such as New Religious Movements, Indigenous Ways of Knowing, Human Rights Issues and the Environment in the African Context.

Nisbert Taisekwa Taringa – Zimbabwe
Associate Professor, Department of Religious Studies, Classics, and Philosophy, University of Zimbabwe

PhD in Religious Studies and Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Religious Studies, Classics and Philosophy, University of Zimbabwe in Harare. Fulbright and DAAD Alumni and has participated in the Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies Fellowship. Awarded the Fulbright African Research Scholar Award, Professional Development 2015/2016 Academic Year and a Visiting Research Fellowship, African Studies Centre, Leiden, Netherlands, January–March 2017. Areas of interests are in Phenomenology of Religion, World Religions, African Traditional religions and Systematic Theology. Research interest in methods and theories in the study of religion and in religions and contemporary ethical issues such as Ecology, Human Rights, Gender and Sexuality, Religious Pluralism, and Health and well-being.