2015 Namibia Conference
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Opening and Welcome Address
Johannes Nicolaas Horn Professor, University of Namibia
Yvonne Dausab Deputy Dean, Faculty of Law, University of Namibia
Pieter Coertzen Faculty of Theology, Stellenbosch University
W. Cole Durham, Jr. Susa Young Gates University Professor of Law and Director, International Center for Law and Religion Studies, Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School
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First Plenary Session: Perspectives of Various Religious Traditions
Johannes Nicolaas Horn Professor, University of Namibia
Wylie V. Upi – Bishop Wylie V. Upi Bishop, Oruuano Protestant Unity Church
Wahl Abrahams Bishop, Kingdom Faith Builders
Shahin Aadeh Professor, Bahá'í Faith
Armas Shikongo Psychologist, UNAM Academic and Muslim Activist
Clem Marais Reverend, Dutch Reformed Church
Elder Kevin S. Hamilton Member Second Quorum of the Seventy, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
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Second Plenary Session: Keynote
Johannes Nicolaas Horn Professor, University of Namibia
Joseph Diescho Director and Head of International Relations and Partnerships UNISA (South Africa)
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Third Plenary Session: Keynote
Johannes Nicolaas Horn Professor, University of Namibia
Zephania Kameeta Honorable Bishop, Evangelical Lutheran Church
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Concurrent Session: Prophecy, Prophets, and the State of Africa
Rosalind I.J. Hackett – Panel Topic: Prophecy, Prophets & the State in Africa Visiting Professor and Research Associate, Women's Studies in Religion Program, Harvard Divinity School
Enyinna Sodienye Nwauche – Neutral Principles and the Criminal Prosecution of Religious Leaders in African States: A Constitutional Inquiry Professor, Rhodes University Grahamstown
Esha Faki Mwinyihaji – “No idols in our Town” : Constitutional Guarantees and the Competition for Religious Space in Kisumu City, Kenya Lecturer in Islamic Studies, Maseno University
Asonzeh Ukah – Prophecy, Miracle & Tragedy: The Afterlife of T. B. Joshua's Ministry and the Nigerian State Senior Lecturer, Department of Religious Studies, University of Cape Town
Damaris Seleina Parsitau Lecturer, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Egerton University
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Concurrent Session: Women, Children, and Marriage
Wahab Kunle Shittu Faculty of Law and Coordinator, Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Lagos
Amal Idrissi Professor in Public Law and Political Sciences, University Moulay Ismael
Abdulmumini Adebayo Oba Professor of Law, Department of Jurisprudence and International Law, University of Ilorin
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Forth Plenary Session: Education, Religion, and the Law
Akinola Ibidapo-Obe Professor and Dean, University of Lagos Law School
Pieter Coertzen – Religion and Religious Observances in South African Public Schools Faculty of Theology, Stellenbosch University
Kofi Quashigah Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Ghana
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Fifth Plenary Session: Education, Religion, and the Law
Akinola Ibidapo-Obe Professor and Dean, University of Lagos Law School
Mary Anne Plaatjies van Huffel Faculty of Theology, University of Stellenbosch
Iain T. Benson Faculty of Law, University of the Free State
Shaun de Freitas Professor, University of the Free State
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Concurrent Session: Religion and Conflict Resolution
Danoye Oguntola-Laguda Senior Lecturer, Lagos State University, Department of Religions
T. Jeremy Gunn Associate Professor, International Studies, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Al Akhawayn University
James O. Latigo Academic Programmes Director, Marcus Garvey Pan-African University
Mohamed Abdelaal Assistant Professor of Law, Alexandria University School of Law
Francois Bangamwabo Professor
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Concurrent Session: African Customary Law and the State
Jean-Baptiste Sourou Professor of Communications, Saint Augustine University of Tanzania
Fortune Sibanda Lecturer, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies
Willie Zeze Resource Specialist, Stellenbosch University
Obed Kealotswe Senior Lecturer, Theology and Religious Studies, University of Botswana
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Concurrent Session: Religion and Development
Robert T. Smith Managing Director, International Center for Law and Religion Studies, Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School
George Byarugaba Father, University of the Western Cape
Salim Bashir Magashi – The OIC and Economic Development of Pluralistic Nations: Nigeria as a Case Study Doctoral Degree Candidate, Department of Public Law, Stellenbosch University
Nisbert Taisekwa Taringa – African Traditional Religious-Ecotopian Visions: Problems and Promise Associate Professor, Department of Religious Studies, Classics, and Philosophy, University of Zimbabwe
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Conference Dinner and Speaker
Mark Hill Extraordinary Professor, University of Pretoria
John Walters Ombudsman
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Sixth Plenary Session: Religious Freedom in Africa: Important Antecedents and Present Challenges
Johannes Nicolaas Horn Professor, University of Namibia
John Baloro Dean, Faculty of Law, University of Namibia
Getachew Assefa Woldemariam Dr., College of Law and Governance Studies, Addis Ababa University Law School
Mark Hill Extraordinary Professor, University of Pretoria
Godfrey Msiska Reverend, Evangelical University College
Muhammed Haron – Agency and Authority: Muslim Minorities and the State Professor, Department of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Botswana
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Concurrent Session: Law and Religion: A Country Perspective from Namibia and Nigeria
Nokuzola Mndende Director, Icamagu Institute
Mohamed Abdelaal – John Baloro Assistant Professor of Law, Alexandria University School of Law
Ahmed Salisu Garba Professor, Faculty of Law, Bauchi State University
Johannes Nicolaas Horn Professor, University of Namibia
Desmond Dawid Tjipanga
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Concurrent Session: Law, Religion, and Politics: The Nigerian Case
Kofi Quashigah Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Ghana
Abubakar Imam Ali-Agan Senior Lecturer in Islamic Jurisprudence, Department of Religions, University of Ilorin
Danoye Oguntola-Laguda Senior Lecturer, Lagos State University, Department of Religions
A. Wahab Egbewole Professor of Law, Department of Jurisprudence and International Law, Islamic University of Ilorin
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Concurrent Session: Law and Religion: A Country Perspective from Ethiopia and Benin
Johan van der Vyver I.T. Cohen Professor of International Law and Human Rights, Emory University School of Law
Abadir M. Ibrahim Guest Lecturer for Human Rights and Religion, St. Thomas University School of Law
Jean-Baptiste Sourou Professor of Communications, Saint Augustine University of Tanzania
Gidey Seyoum Halibo – Law and Religion in Ethiopia: The Evolution of a Complex Interaction Doctor of Canon Law, KU Leuven
Mohammed Dejen Assen – Contested Secularism in Ethiopia: The Freedom to Public Manifestation of Faith Lecturer, Addis Ababa University
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Concurrent Session: Religious Freedom as a Human Right
Abadir M. Ibrahim Guest Lecturer for Human Rights and Religion, St. Thomas University School of Law
Hans Ingvar Filip Roth – Freedom of Religion as a Distinct Human Right Professor of Human Rights, Stockholm University
Tarisai Mutangi Dr., Midlands State University
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Concurrent Session: Effect of Contemporary Laws on Religious Groups
Shawn Boshoff Attorney/General Secretary ACLARS, Law Society of South Africa
Abamfo Ofori Atiemo Professor, Department for the Study of Religions, University of Ghana
Nokuzola Mndende Director, Icamagu Institute
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Concurrent Session: Law and Theology
Mary Anne Plaatjies van Huffel Faculty of Theology, University of Stellenbosch
M. Diana Kebaneilwe Lecturer, University of Botswana
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Seventh Plenary Session: Conference Reflections and Aspirations
W. Cole Durham, Jr. Susa Young Gates University Professor of Law and Director, International Center for Law and Religion Studies, Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School
Wahab Kunle Shittu Faculty of Law and Coordinator, Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Lagos
M. Christian Green – Ten Points on Law and Religion in Africa Senior Fellow, Center for the Study of Law and Religion, Emory University School of Law; and Editor, Journal of Law and Religion
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Annual ACLARS Business Meeting
Pieter Coertzen Faculty of Theology, Stellenbosch University
Shawn Boshoff Attorney/General Secretary ACLARS, Law Society of South Africa
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Abstracts
Mohamed Abdelaal – Abstract: The Paradox of Freedom of Religion in Post-Revolutionary Egypt Assistant Professor of Law, Alexandria University School of Law
Abubakar Imam Ali-Agan – Abstract Senior Lecturer in Islamic Jurisprudence, Department of Religions, University of Ilorin
Iain T. Benson – Abstract: Religious Education and Diversity: The Role and Limits of "Civic Virtues" Faculty of Law, University of the Free State
George Byarugaba – Abstract: Religion and Development in Africa Father, University of the Western Cape
Pieter Coertzen – Abstract: Religious Freedom and Religious Pluralism in South Africa: Religious Education in Schools in South Africa: Prospects and Limitations Faculty of Theology, Stellenbosch University
A. Wahab Egbewole – Abstract: The Operational Complexities of “Free Exercise” and “Adoption of Religion” Clauses in the Nigerian Constitution Professor of Law, Department of Jurisprudence and International Law, Islamic University of Ilorin
Shaun de Freitas – Abstract: Transcending the Private-Public School Divide Professor, University of the Free State
Ahmed Salisu Garba – Abstract: Nigeria’s State-Religion Relation and its Legal Implications to Religious Pluralism and by Extension Freedom of Religion Professor, Faculty of Law, Bauchi State University
M. Christian Green – Abstract: Ten Points on Law and Religion in Africa Senior Fellow, Center for the Study of Law and Religion, Emory University School of Law; and Editor, Journal of Law and Religion
T. Jeremy Gunn – Abstract: Religion, Politics, and Law in North Africa Associate Professor, International Studies, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Al Akhawayn University
Gidey Seyoum Halibo – Abstract: Law and Religion in Ethiopia - The Evolution of a Complex Interaction Doctor of Canon Law, KU Leuven
Muhammed Haron – Abstract: Agency and Authority: Muslim Minorities and the State Professor, Department of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Botswana
Abadir M. Ibrahim – Abstract: Freedom of Religion in ‘Revolutionary-Secular’ Ethiopia Guest Lecturer for Human Rights and Religion, St. Thomas University School of Law
Amal Idrissi – Abstract: Code de la famille au Maghreb, histoire d’un pluralisme juridique Professor in Public Law and Political Sciences, University Moulay Ismael
Obed Kealotswe – Abstract: Relationship of Custom, Culture, Ethnicity and Religion: The Case of the Mwali Cult of the Bakalanga of the North East District of Botswana Senior Lecturer, Theology and Religious Studies, University of Botswana
M. Diana Kebaneilwe – Abstract: Relationship of Custom, Culture, Ethnicity and Religion: The Case of the Mwali Cult of the Bakalanga of the North East District of Botswana Lecturer, University of Botswana
James O. Latigo – Abstract: Re-visiting our African Religious Roots: Insights from the Luo-Gang Academic Programmes Director, Marcus Garvey Pan-African University
Salim Bashir Magashi – Abstract: The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation and Economic Development of Pluralistic Nations: Nigeria as a Case Study Doctoral Degree Candidate, Department of Public Law, Stellenbosch University
Godfrey Msiska – Abstract: Globalisation and Religious Pluralism in Africa: The Challenges to Religious Freedom Reverend, Evangelical University College
Nokuzola Mndende – Abstract: South African Customary Law of Succession in a Changing Society: Contemporary Law and its Effects on Religious Practices and Beliefs Director, Icamagu Institute
Esha Faki Mwinyihaji – Abstract: “No idols in our Town” Constitutional Guarantees and the Competition for Religious Space in Kisumu City, Kenya Lecturer in Islamic Studies, Maseno University
Enyinna Sodienye Nwauche – Panel Topic: Prophecy, Prophets & the State in Africa Professor, Rhodes University Grahamstown
Abdulmumini Adebayo Oba – Abstract: Between Willingness and Unwillingness: Christian Judges, Lawyers and Litigants in Islamic Courts in Northern Nigeria Professor of Law, Department of Jurisprudence and International Law, University of Ilorin
Oyeronke Olademo – Abstract Professor of Comparative Religion, Department of Religions, University of Ilorin
Mary Anne Plaatjies van Huffel – Abstract: The Rights and Responsibilities of Freedom of Religion at Public Schools in South Africa Faculty of Theology, University of Stellenbosch
Damaris Seleina Parsitau – Abstract: Prophets, Power, Authority & the Kenyan State: Prophet David Owuor of the National Repentance and Holiness Ministry Lecturer, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Egerton University
Kofi Quashigah – Abstract: Toddling along the Beaten Path? Ghana’s Emerging Issue of Religion in Schools Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Ghana
Hans Ingvar Filip Roth – Abstract: Freedom of Religion as a Distinct Human Right Professor of Human Rights, Stockholm University
Fortune Sibanda – Abstract: Avenging Spirits and the Vitality of African Traditional Law, Custom and Religionin Contemporary Zimbabwe Lecturer, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies
Jean-Baptiste Sourou – Abstract: State and Religion under the 1977 Constitution in the Popular Republic of Benin Professor of Communications, Saint Augustine University of Tanzania
Nisbert Taisekwa Taringa – Abstract: African Traditional Religious-Ecotopian Visions: Problems and Promise Associate Professor, Department of Religious Studies, Classics, and Philosophy, University of Zimbabwe
Asonzeh Ukah – Panel Topic: Prophecy, Prophets & the State in Africa Senior Lecturer, Department of Religious Studies, University of Cape Town
E. Helena van Coller – Abstract: Homosexuality and the Church: Controversies and Challenges Faculty of Law, Rhodes University
Francois Venter – Abstract: Religious Pluralism and Constitutionalism in Anglophone Africa Professor of Law and Dean, North West University
Bonginkosi Dennis Xulu – Abstract: Religious Laws as Alternative Dispute Resolution Mechanisms: Developing a Theology of Rule of Law in the Rainbow Nation after 1995 TRC Process Reverend, KU Leuven
Willie Zeze – Abstract: Democratic Constitution and Ethnic Organizations in Malawi - Preserving Good Traditional Practices or Promoting Nepotism and Tribalism? Resource Specialist, Stellenbosch University