Brigham Young University Law Review

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Articles from Vol. 2003, No. 2, 2003

A Brief Overview of Law and Religion in the People's Republic of China
I. CURRENT RELIGIOUS POLICY IN CHINAThe current state of religious freedom in China can be compared to the proverbial half glass of water; while some people see the glass as half full, others view it as half empty. How one views the situation largely...
Achievements and Future Goals of the Government of Serbia in the Field of Religious Freedom
I. INTRODUCTIONThe Kingdom of the Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes, established in 1918, soon became the scene of major disputes. After World War II, Josip Broz Tito's strict authoritarian leadership dominated the political climate of Yugoslavia.1 During...
Islam and the Global Society: A Religious Approach to Modernity
I. INTRODUCTIONWith the post-September 11 world fixated on terrorism and the war to combat it, the larger question concerning the compatibility of Islam with a global culture that is rapidly enveloping the Muslim world has gained increasing attention...
New Impulses in the Interaction of Law and Religion: A South Pacific Perspective
I. INTRODUCTIONThis article will look at the way in which new religions were introduced first from Britain and Europe and then later from the United States of America into all island countries of the South Pacific during the nineteenth century. The next...
New Impulses in the Interaction of Law and Religion: The Fiji Human Rights Commission in Context
I. BACKGROUNDThe Fiji Islands are located in the middle of the South Pacific, close to New Zealand and Australia. Numbering three hundred islands, the country is blessed with a mild, tropical climate and a combination of both high and low islands. The...
Preventive Peacemaking in Macedonia: An Assessment of U.N. Good Offices Diplomacy
I. INTRODUCTIONIn March of 2001, ethnic Albanian rebels launched Macedonia1 into a violent civil conflict that made the international community hold its breath at the prospect of a new Balkan war. Until the hostilities of 2001, Macedonia had managed...
Reflections on the Right to Religious Freedom in Peru
I. INTRODUCTIONI live in a place where stones still keep ancient ritual messages of gods that have ordered the land, of rivers with channels so deep that they inspire the idea of bleeding wounds over our nation, and of mountains with unreachable heights...
Religious Liberty and French Secularism*
I. RELIGIOUS LIBERTYThe democratic state that endeavors to respect the opinions of all its constituents must extend its protection to all religious groups if religious freedom is to be considered more than a particular, subordinate aspect of the freedom...
Russia's War on Political and Religious Extremism: An Appraisal of the Law "On Counteracting Extremist Activity"
I. INTRODUCTIONOn May 27, 2002, Tatyana Sapunova became a Russian national hero for taking a stand against anti-Semitism, a move that literally blew up in her face. When she removed a sign reading "Death to Yids," a hidden bomb exploded, severely wounding...
Secularism and French Religious Liberty: A Sociological and Historical View
I. INTRODUCTION1As a sociologist and historian, I would like to offer some hypotheses about the social and historical context in which French legislation and its application interrelates so conspicuously. I want to emphasize the word "conspicuously."...
Standing with the Persecuted: Adjudicating Religious Asylum Claims after the Enactment of the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998
I. INTRODUCTIONFostering liberty and standing with the persecuted, Congress enacted the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998(1) ("IRFA") to counteract renewed and increased assaults on freedom of religion throughout the globe.2 IRFA called upon...
State, Islam, and Religious Liberty in Modern Turkey: Reconfiguration of Religion in the Public Sphere
I. INTRODUCTIONTurkey occupies a unique place among the modern nation states. Not only from a geopolitical point of view but also from cultural and religious points of view; Turkey lies at the crossroads between Eastern and Western interests. The political...
The Prisoner's Campaign: Felony Disenfranchisement Laws and the Right to Hold Public Office
I. INTRODUCTIONThe 2002 race for Ohio's 17th District congressional seat included three candidates: Democrat Tim Ryan of Niles, Ohio; Republican Ann Womer Benjamin of Aurora, Ohio; and Independent James A. Traficant Jr. of Federal Prison, Pennsylvania.1...
The Relationship of Church and State in Belarus: Legal Regulation and Practice
I. INTRODUCTIONThe freedoms of thought, conscience, and religion are fundamental human rights, and researchers who consider freedom of religion to be the foundation for all other civil rights stand on solid ground. Freedom of religion is vital in Belarus1...