Presentation of the book, "Freedom of religion and belief: the basic principles (philosophy, law, protection of freedom of conscience)"
On August 3, 2010, the press center of the Slavic Center for Law and Justice (SCLJ) hosted a presentation of the book, "Freedom of religion and belief: the basic principles (philosophy, law, protection of freedom of conscience)." The book was presented to such scholarly and research centers as the Institute of Religion and Law, the International Center for the Study of Religion and Law of Brigham Young University, the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, and the University of Oslo.
The attendees of this presentation included journalists, scientists, and the faithful from various faiths and denominations. Among the main speakers of the event were numerous high profile figures, including the following: Ludmila Alekseeva, the Chairman of the Moscow Helsinki Group; Tore Lindholm, Professor at the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights at the University of Oslo and a Board Member of the Coalition of Freedom of Religion or Belief in Oslo; Professor Elizabeth Sewell, the Deputy Director of the International Center for the Study of Religion and Law at Brigham Young University (Provo , USA); Cole Durham, a law professor and Director of the International Center for the Study of Religion and Law at Brigham Young University (Provo, USA) and Co-Chair of the OSCE/ ODIHR group of experts on freedom of religion or belief in the capacity of Vice-President of the International Academy for Freedom of Religion or Belief; Anatoly Pchelintsev, a professor at the Russian State Humanities University, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal "Religion and Law," and the Co-Chair of the SCLJ; Vladimir Ryakhovsky, lawyer and Co-Chair of the SCLJ; and Professor Anatoly A. Krasikov, the Director of the Center for the Study of Religion and Society at the Institute of Europe under the Russian Academy of Sciences. The presentation was led by Roman Lunkin, the Director of the Institute of Religion and Law, as well as a Senior Scientist at the Institute of Europe of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
Although not an exhaustive list of participants, the presentation also involved I.Ya. Kanterov, a professor at Moscow State University; Professor Mikhail Shakhov; and Andrei Sebentsov, a specialist focusing on state-church relations; in addition to Assistant Editor-in-Chief of the online portal “Credo.Ru” Vladimir Oivin; philosopher Valery Kuvakin; and Sergei Filatov, a sociologist on religion and Head of the Encyclopedia of Contemporary Religious Life in Russia.
Despite the incredible heat prevailing in Moscow, about 50 people came out for the presentation. After the keynote speeches, communication on the relevant themes continued in a more informal setting at the SCJL, during which time the many participants approached the book’s author and editor to obtain their autographs.