Representatives of Baylor University spoke about the state of legal education and strengthening religious tolerance in Russia
October 15, 2008
On October 14, the Slavic Center for Law and Justice (SCLJ) hosted representatives from Baylor University (Texas, United States of America), who participated in a discussion on the prospects of legal education and strengthening religious tolerance in Russia. The meeting was attended by lawyers Anatoly Pchelintsev, co-chair of the SCLJ; Roman Maranov, managing partner of the SCLJ; and Roman Lunkin, Director of the Institute of Religion and Law.
Baylor University was represented by Dr. Christopher Marsh, Professor and Director of the J.M. Dawson Institute of Church-State Studies, the Editor of the Journal of Church-State Studies, and Baylor University Ph.D. Student Artem Tonoyan.
The activities of the Slavic Center and the Institute of Religion and Law as related to legal education and religion in Russia were discussed. Dr. Christopher Marsh, an expert on church-state relations in the post-Soviet space, noted the special role that the SCLJ and the Institute of Religion and Law have played in this arena over the past 15 years.
Dr. Marsh also expressed hope for increased mutual cooperation, including exchange of information and materials. Since 2007, Dr. Marsh has headed the Keston Center for the Study of Religion, Politics & Society, a part of the Institute of Church-State Studies. The Keston Center at Baylor University was established in 2007 to house the Archive and Library of the Keston Institute, an organization based in Oxford, England. The Keston Institute in Oxford (Honorary Director - Michael Burdo, President - Xenia Dennen) was officially formed in 1969 and has been active since 1960 in studying religion and fighting for religious freedoms in the Soviet and post-Soviet spaces. In 2007, the Keston Institute transferred its extensive archives, a collection of legal and illegal publications including Samizdat and Soviet leaflets which document the struggles of a wide variety of churches and sects for religious freedom in the former Soviet Union, to the Keston Center at Baylor University.
In the photo: Dr. Christopher Marsh at the door of Keston Center for the Study of Religion, Politics & Society at Baylor University (Texas, United States of America).