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Prof. Pieter Coertzen was born on 20 April 1943 in Boksburg, South Africa. He obtained seven degrees: BA (1963), BA Hons (1964) and MA in Philosophy (1970) - all cum laude at the former Pothefstroom University for Christian Higher Education (currently North West University). Meanwhile, he also obtained his Bachelor of Theology (1967), Licentiate in Theology (1968) and Master of Theology in Ecclesiology (1969) - all three cum laude at the University of Stellenbosch. He obtained his doctors degree in Theology (Ecclesiology) in 1976 also at the University of Stellenbosch. At the same time (November 1970 to September 1974) he was the parish minister of the Dutch Reformed Church in Dundee, Natal and from October 1974 until the end of 1976 he was student minister at the Dutch Reformed Church Potchefstroom-North.... more

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W. Cole Durham, Jr., is Director of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies, a position he has held since the Center was officially organized on January 1, 2000. A 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, Professor Cole Durham has been heavily involved in comparative law scholarship, with a special emphasis on comparative constitutional law. He is currently the 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. From 1989 to 1994, he served... more

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Rosalind I. J. Hackett is Professor and Head of Religious Studies, and adjunct in Anthropology, at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA.  From 2003-08 she was a Distinguished Professor in the Humanities. She received her PhD in Religious Studies from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland in 1986, and prior to that taught at Nigerian universities for eight years.  In 2000-01 she spent a year at Harvard University as Liberal Arts Fellow in Law and Religion, Harvard Law School and Senior Fellow, Center for the Study of World Religions.  She was a Rockefeller Research Fellow at the Kroc Institute of International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame in 2003-04. She was appointed a Mellon Fellow at the University of Cape Town in Religious Studies in May 2014.  

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Mark Hill QC is a leading barrister with Chambers in London and specializes in litigation concerning religious matters in the domestic courts in the United Kingdom and at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg: major cases include Eweida v. UK, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints v. UK (ECtHR), and Preston v. President of Methodist Church Conference (UK Supreme Court). He is an Honorary Professor at the Centre for Law and Religion, Cardiff University, Extraordinary Professor at the University of Pretoria, and Ecumenical Fellow in Canon Law at the Venerable English College in Rome. He sits as a judge in secular courts and those of the Church of England, including the judicial office of Chancellor of Europe. He was President of the European Consortium for Church and State... more

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Professor, pastor and human rights activist Dr. Nico Horn has been at the forefront of the battle against the remnants apartheid in Namibia by working to create a sustainable system that facilitates communication and research within the judiciary. Dr. Horn became the Director of the Human Rights and Documentation Center at the University of Namibia in 2002. He then went on to teach as a professor of human rights and constitutional law at the University of Namibia, and in 2007 was promoted to the Dean of the Law Faculty. During his tenure at the Human Rights and Documentation Center, Dr. Horn led multiple projects, including the encouragement of government legislation against torture, human rights training for the police, army, prosecutors and magistrates, and a lobbying effort for a human... more

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Nokuzola Mndende holds a PhD in Religious Studies from the University of Cape Town. National Chairperson of African Traditional Religion. Director of Icamagu Institute and Deputy Chairperson of the Commission on Traditional Leadership Disputes and claims. Advisor on cultural issues in the Commission on Gender Equality. Freelance presenter of African Religion at Umhlobo Wenene fm which is the second biggest station of the South African Broadcasting Panel. Has presented papers on African Traditional Religion nationally and internationally and has published widely on issues related to the indigenous religion of South Africa. A consultant on all issues relating to African Culture, Spirituality and Indigenous Knowledge Systems.

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Prof. Is-haq Olarewaju Oloyede was born in October 1954. He hails from Abeokuta South Local Government Area of Ogun State. He was appointed Deputy Vice - Chancellor (Academic) on June 19, 2003 and Deputy Vice -Chancellor (Administration) on July 6, 2005. He had his Secondary Education from 1969-1973 at the Progressive Institute, Agege Lagos and Arabic Training Centre Agege, Lagos, (Markaz) from 1973-1976 and later to the University of Ibadan between 1976 and 1977 where he obtained a certificate in Arabic and Islamic Studies. His tertiary education began in the University of Ilorin in 1978 where he studied Arabic and was awarded a B.A. Arabic (First Class Hons) in 1981. In July 1982 he was appointed an Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Religions of the University. In 1991, he had his... more

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Dr. Mary Anne Plaatjies van Huffel is a Senior Lecturer in Ecclesiology at the University of Stellenbosch,where she teaches Church Polity and Church History. She currently serves as the Africa President of the World Council of Churchs and as the moderator of the Uniting Reformed Church in Southern Africa (URCSA). She holds two doctorates; one in Systematic Theology and one in Church Polity. Among Dr. M.A. Plaatjies’ major publications are the following:  “About the empowerment of women in post-apartheid South Africa: A post-structural approach”; “Control, secede, vested rights and ecclesiastical property”; “The Institutionalization of Christian... more

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Prof. Kofi Quashigah is Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of Ghana. Before joining the University of Ghana he taught at the University of Nigeria Enugu Campus. He was a Fulbright Scholar at the Harvard Human Rights Program between 2001/2002 and a McArthur Foundation Visiting Scholar at the University of Wisconsin in 1992. His teaching and research interests include Constitutional Law, Human Rights, International Humanitarian Law, Jurisprudence, Governance, Elections Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution. He is a member of the General Legal Council of Ghana and also 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.

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Jean-Baptiste Sourou, citizen of Benin Republic, is Professor of Communications at Saint Augustine University of Tanzania in Mwanza, and teaches Rituals and Communications at the Gregorian University in Rome, Italy.  He is the founder and the president of the Center for Documentation and Research on Art and Social Sciences (CeDReS Project) in Benin Republic. 

He holds a BA, MA and PhD in Social Communications and Social Sciences from the Gregorian University. He has as well a BA and MA in Theology from Universities in Padua and Rome. He is an international media... more

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Johan D. van der Vyver is the I.T. Cohen Professor of International Law and Human Rights in the School of Law of Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia in the United States and an Extraordinary Professor in the Department of Private Law of the University of Pretoria in South Africa. He was formerly a Professor of Law at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg and the Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education in South Africa. In the period 1995-1998 he also served as the Human Rights Fellow of The Carter Center. His 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.

Prof. van der Vyver holds the degrees of... more

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Francois Venter has taught law since 1974 in the Faculty of Law in Potchefstroom – since 1980 as professor. Dean 2001-2012. Regularly visited Germany on research grants from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation since 1979. Convenor of the Technical Committee on Constitutional Affairs of the Multiparty Negotiation Process (MPNP) in Kempton Park May to December 1993 (the Committee was responsible for the formulation of a large part of the first fully democratic Constitution of South Africa). President of the South African Law Deans' Association 2009-2010. Promoter for eleven completed doctoral theses. Rated by the National Research Foundation of South Africa in 2011 as a researcher "who enjoys considerable international recognition by his peers for the high quality and impact of his recent research outputs."