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AUA Hosts International Scientific Conference on “Challenges and Opportunities: Religious Freedom Development in the Sphere of Law”

YEREVAN, Armenia – On May 14, 2015, the American University of Armenia (AUA) hosted an international conference on “Challenges and Opportunities: Religious Freedom Development in the Sphere of Law,” sponsored by the International Center for Law and Religion Studies at Brigham Young University (Provo, Utah, USA) and the Coordinating Counsel for CIS and Baltic Countries on Theoretical and Practical Aspects of Religious Studies (Kyiv, Ukraine—Moscow, Russia). The conference continued until May 16th at the Erebuni Business Center.

The opening plenary took place at AUA, with welcome speeches by representatives from AUA, the Coordinating Counsel for CIS and Baltic Countries on Theoretical and Practical Aspects of Religious Studies, and the Vice Minister of Justice of Armenia Arman Tatoyan.

The conference continued with a presentation on the “Evolution of Freedom of Religion or Belief: Perspectives on 25 Years of Change,” by W. Cole Durham, a Susa Young Gates University professor and Director of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies. Additional presentations were made by Professor Nikolay Shaburov on “From Hobbes to Locke and Back to Hobbes,” by Victor Yelensky on “Religious Freedom and De-Secularization in Ukraine,” and by Dr. Hranush Kharatyan on “Religious Developments in Post-Soviet Armenia.”

A detailed look at the conference program can be seen here in English and here in Armenian.

Founded in 1991, the American University of Armenia (AUA) is a private, independent university located in Yerevan, Armenia and affiliated with the University of California. AUA provides a global education in Armenia and the region, offering high-quality, graduate and undergraduate studies, encouraging civic engagement, and promoting public service and democratic values.