Faculty of Law partakes in the first ORFECT Conference in Italy this October!

Hosted by the Observatory on Religious Freedom in the Jurisprudence of the ECHR (ORFECT) at Italy’s Unimore University, the two-day conference taking place on the 6th and 7th of October 2022 will feature Scholars from different corners of the world and valued institutions to present on “Freedom of religion or belief in times of migration”. The University of Johannesburg will be represented by our own knowledgeable, Dr Cristiano D’Orsi (Senior Research Fellow and Lecturer at the South African Research Chair in International Law (SARCIL) who will delve in a related topic, “Unfolding the multi-faceted, and sometimes ambiguous, role of religious denominations”. Dr D’Orsi will also lecture at the university on the 7th of October 2022 on “History and relationship systems between churches in the Republic of South Africa”

This is ORFECT’s very first conference and a first of its kind in the world, with original topics investigating religion and freedom. Orfect as organization is an international network that counts more than 40 scholars. At the same time, it is an Interdepartmental Research Center carried on between the Department of Law, the Department of Education and Human Sciences and the Department of Linguistic and Cultural Studies of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, with the aim of bringing together interdisciplinary skills and knowledge involving FoRB. The organization brings together European professors, researchers and PhD students with the aim of developing interdisciplinary skills and knowledge on FoRB. Hence, particular emphasis is placed on research focusing on religious freedom in secular societies, and the interaction of religion, law and politics. Focusing on major developments at the level of the Council of Europe (CoE) and the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) the aim is to foster international collaborative projects and also develop successful university-industry partnerships.

To learn more about their work, the upcoming conference and other initiatives, click here: https://www.orfect.unimore.it/chi-siamo/

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