OXFORD ADVANCED
STUDIES PROGRAM

"Fundamental Civil Liberties: freedom of religion, freedom
of expression and conscientious objection"

Presentation

The Oxford Advanced Studies Program in fundamental Civil Liberties: freedom of religion, freedom of expression and conscientious objection is an improvement course organized by ANAJURE, FCL - International Institute for Legal Studies and Research on Fundamental Civil Liberties, IPPFoRB – International Panel of Parliamentarians for Freedom of Religion or Belief, and Regent's Park College, University of Oxford. The duration of the course is 30 hours of classroom at the University of Oxford, and a legal seminar on House of Lords of the British Parliament.

Venue: Regent’s Park College – University of Oxford, UK.

Date: From 25 to 30 June 2017.

Hours: 30h / class

Objectives

Promote the systematization, updating and deepening of discussions on fundamental civil liberties, especially freedom of religion, freedom of expression and the Objection of conscience;

Improve the protection of the Fundamental Civil Liberties in the National Legislations;

Build a network of Global Parliamentarians committed do defend and promote the Fundamental Human Rights, especially the Freedom of Religion or Belief;

Train, encourage and equip Parliamentarians to combat religious persecution and respond to cases where religious freedom is threated;

Support parliamentarians around Latin America who stand up for the Fundamental Civil Liberties.

Attendants

IPPFoRB Parliamentarians from Latin America (International Panel of Parliamentarians for Freedom of Religion or Belief). For the first edition of the course will be offered 20 places.

Speakers

Nazila Ghanea
Associate Professor in International Human Rights Law at the University of Oxford. Member of the OSCE Panel of Experts on Freedom of Religion or Belief. Associate Director of the Oxford Human Rights Hub PhD in Human Rights Law, Keele University.
Elizabeth Berridge
Baroness Berridge of the Vale of Catmose. In Parliament, she sits on the Ecclesiastical Committee and is Co-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on International Freedom of Religion or Belief. Member of the IPPFoRB Steering Committee. Co-director of the Commonwealth Initiative for Freedom of Religion or Belief (CIFoRB)
David Taylor
International affairs analyst with a particular focus on the Middle East. Chair of the Board of Trustees of Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW). Middle East editor and deputy editor of the Daily Brief at Oxford Analytica.
Mervyn Thomas
CEO of Christian Solidarity Worldwide. Member of the World Assemblies of God Religious Freedom Commission, Chairman of the Religious Liberty Partnership (an international network of organisations focused on religious liberty,) and is is a member of the Foreign Office Advisory Group on freedom of religion or belief.
Thomas Schirrmacher
President of the International Council of the International Society for Human Rights und Ambassador for Human Rights and executive chair of the Theological Commission of the World Evangelical Alliance. Professor of the sociology of religion at the State University of the West in Timisoara (Romania) and Distinguished Professor of Global Ethics and International Development in Meghalaya (India).
Martin Allaby
PhD in Development Studies at Oxford Centre for Mission Studies. BA, BM and BCh in Medicine at University of Oxford. Author of the book: Inequality, Corruption and the Church: Challenges and Opportunities in the Global Church.
Dennis Petri
Political Scientist (specializing in Latin America). Director of the Foundation Platform for Christian Politics. Director of Open Doors International for Mexico and Cuba
Thiago Pinto
Graduate Teaching Assistant for Human Rights Law at University of Oxford. DPhil Law Student at University of Oxford. MA in International Human Rights Law from Abo Akademi University (Finland). Secretary of the Oxford Society for Law and Religion.
Stephanie Berry
Lecturer in Public Law at the University of Sussex. She holds a PhD from Brunel University (2013), an LLM in International Human Rights Law from Lund University/Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (2008) and an LLB (Hons) from the University of Manchester (2003).
Uziel Santana
Coordinator of the Oxford Advanced Studies Program - IPPFoRB. President of the National Board of the National Association of Christian Lawyers in Brazil (ANAJURE). Law Professor at Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie, Universidade Federal de Sergipe. Visiting Professor at Facultad de Derecho da Universidad de Buenos Aires (FD-UBA). President of the Federación Inter Americana de Juristas Cristianos (FIAJC). IPPFoRB Secretary for Latin America.

Topics Covered

  • Religious Freedom in International Law
  • The Role of the Legislative Branch in promoting Religious Freedom
  • Religious Freedom in the European Court of Human Rights
  • The Relations Between Religion and State
  • Religious Freedom Legislations in a Comparative Perspective
  • An Introduction to Sociology of Religion
  • Religion and Political Ideas
  • Secularism, Religious Freedom and the Constitution
  • Human Rights, Diversity and Tolerance
  • Parliament, Religious Freedom and the Rule of Law
  • Constitutional State and Religious Liberty in the United Kingdom
  • Religious Minorities - Legal and Political Aspects
  • Religious freedom, Diversity and Human Rights
  • Religion, Foreign Policy and National Security
  • Conscience Objection - Legal and Political Aspects
  • Freedom of Expression and Hate Speech
  • Advocating for Religious Freedom: A global assessment

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Calendar

June 25-29, 2017

"Classes at Regen'ts Park College - University of Oxford, UK"

June 30, 2017

"Seminar at the House of Lords of the British Parliament

Investiment

The total cost of the course is 09 x 555,55 USD This value includes:

Participation in classes at the University of Oxford
Participation in the event of the International Panel of Parliamentarians for Freedom of Religion or Belief (IPPFoRB) in the House of Lords of the British Parliament
Certificate of attendance issued by Regent's Park College, University of Oxford (30 hours/class)
Certificate of attendance at the IPPFoRB event in the House of Lords

Transfer from London to Oxford (round trip)
Standard accommodation in Oxford (From Sunday to Thursday)
Meals - breakfast, lunch and dinner (from Monday to Thursday) in Oxford and special dinner in London on Friday

Registration