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CONF/PROG - Challenges and Opportunities: Religious Freedom Development in the Sphere of Law, 14-16 May, Yerevan

Publish Date: May 04, 2015

Event Dates: from May 14, 2015 12:00 to May 16, 2015 12:00

Challenges and Opportunities: Religious Freedom Development in the Sphere of Law
Yerevan, Armenia
14-16 May, 2015 

May 14, 2015

Opening plenary, American University of Armenia (translation into Armenian, English, and Russian)

10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Hovhannes Hovhannisyan and Elizabeth Clark, moderators


Representative of American University of Armenia

Representative of Coordinating Counsel for CIS and Baltic Countries on Theoretical and Practical Aspects of Religious Studies

Vice-Minister of Justice of Armenia, Arman Tatoyan

  • Cole Durham, Susa Young Gates University Professor of Law and Director, International Center for Law and Religion Studies

Evolution of Freedom of Religion or Belief: Perspectives on 25 Years of Change

  • Professor Nikolay Shaburov

From Hobbes to Locke and Back to Hobbes

11:45-12:00    Break

12 – 1p.m.  Continuation of Opening plenary (translation into Armenian, English, and Russian)

  • Vicotor Yelensky, Member of Ukrainian Parliament and Chair of the Subcomittee on Religion

Religious freedom and De-Secularization in Ukraine

  • Dr. Hranush Kharatyan, Institute of Ethnography and Archeology

Religious developments in post-Soviet Armenia

1 p.m. Lunch

2:45-4:00 p.m. Breakout sessions at Erebuni Business Center

Erebuni Room (translation into Armenian, English, and Russian)


Vladmir Vardanyan and Armine Davtyan, moderators

  • Dr. Davit Mikayelyan, Chief Specialist at the Department for Ethnic and Religious Minorities under the Government of Armenia

Information Society and Religious Institutions

  • Dr. Dorota Zietek, Assistant Professor, Institute for the Study of Religions, Faculty of Philosophy Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland

Impact of changes in the law on the Armenians in Poland: Opportunities and the development of their religious freedom

  • Chairman Stepan Danielyan, Collaboration for Democracy

The convergence processes between Armenian Apostolic Church and the State

  • Secretary Armen Lusyan, World Life Church

Classification of Religious Association of the Republic of Armenia

Urartu Room (session in Russian only)


Victor Yelensky and Oleksandr Sagan, Moderators

  • Director Andriy Yurash, Department for Religious Issues and Nationalities

Religious Politics of Contemporary Ukraine

  • Dr. Nikolay Mitrokhin, Research Centre for East European Studies, Bremen University

Ukrainian Orthodoxy in the time of Russian: Ukrainian conflict and perspective of development of United Manorial Church

  • Maksym Vasin, Institute of Religious Freedom

Ensuring the freedom of conscience under the conflict between Russia and Ukraine

Arame Room (session in English only)


Vanja Savic and Roman Lunkin, Moderators

  • Ferrer Sanchez

Dialogue and Mediation for the Right to Religious Freedom

  • Dr. Elena Maksimovna, Deputy Head of Department of Culture Studies, the Chair of Cultural Studies, Novgorod State University

Freedom of worship in modern Christian cultures

  • Dean Martin Farek, Religious Studies, University of Pardubice

Religious Freedom as Value and Norm: Law, Politics and Media in the Czech Republic

  • Marieta Bazinyan, Yerevan State University

Abdullahi Ahmed An-Nai'im, - Freedom of expression in Islamic context

4-4:15 p.m.           Break

4:15-5:30 p.m.     Breakout sessions

Erebuni Room (translation into Armenian, English, and Russian)


Jose Ferrer Sanchez and Henryk Hoffman, Moderators

  • Dr. Carmen Garcimartin, Associate Professor, University of A Coruña

Religious freedom and secularity in Eastern European Constitutions

  • Dr. Galina Shirokalova, Head of Department of Philosophy, Sociology and Political Sciences of the Nizhny Novgorod State Academy of Agriculture

Russia: Between Secularity and Clericalism

  • Assistant Professor Vanja Savic, Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb

Law and Traditional Identity in Central and Eastern Europe

  • Dr. Elena Miroshnikova, Tula State Tolstoy Pedagogical University

Challenges and Opportunities: Religion and Law in Russia

Urartu Room (session in Russian only)


Olga Kazmina and Mikhail Zherebyatyev, Moderators

  • Dr. Vladimir Storchak, Professor at National Economy Russian Academy and State Service under the President of Russia

Ethno-confessional situation and problems of freedom of conscience in modern Russian

  • Daria Krasnikova, Department of Ethnic and Religious Relations, Russian Ministry of Culture

Impact of inner political factors on religious organizations

  • Professor Ekaterina Elbakian, Professor of Sociology and Management of Social Processes, Moscow Academy of Labor and Social Relations

Violation of the principles of freedom of conscience in relation to Russian religious minorities: an overview of a scholar in religious studies

  • Mikhail Sitnikov

Religious Tolerance in contemporary Russia: Theory and Practice

Arame Room (session in Russian only)


Anita Soboleva and Professor Nikolai Shaburov, Moderators

  • Dr. Alla Aristova, National Transport University

Discrimination of Christian Minorities and Problems of Advocacy

  • Roman Lunkin, Institute of Europe

Evangelical churches in Russia

  • Dr. Lev Simkin, Russian State Institute of Intellectual Property

Foreign missionaries in Russia

May 15, 2015

Erebuni Business Center (translation into Armenian, English, and Russian)

9:30a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Plenary Session, Erebuni Room

Professor Cole Durham and Dr. Nikolai Mitrokhin, Moderators

  • Professor Eileen Barker, Professor Emeritus of Sociology of Religion

New Religious Movements: The Changing Scene

  • Vladimir Vardanyan

The Paradigm of the Freedom of Speech in the Age of Globalization: From Classic Views to Surrealistic Approaches

  • Anita Soboleva, Member of the President's Human Rights Council

Freedom of arts and religious rights: the search for balance

10:45 – 11 a.m. Break

11:00 – 12:15    Breakout sessions

Erebuni Room (translation into Armenian, English, and Russian)


Dr. Merlin Kiviorg and Chairman Stepan Danielyan, Moderators

  • Ara Ghazaryan

Forms of Legal Means against Hate Speech in Armenia

  • Dr. Ksenia Kolkunova, Faculty of Philosophy, Lomonosov University

Theatrical performances and law on blasphemy: Russian case

  • Dr. Olga Sibireva, SOVA center for information and analysis

Russian legislation on religious feelings and their application

  • Anna Ksiazek, Assistant Professor at the Institute for the Study of Religions, Faculty of Philosophy, Jagiellonian University

Insult of Religious Feelings According to Polish Law

Urartu Room (session in Russian only)


Anatoly Pchelintsev and Dr.  Lev Simkin, Moderators

  • Dr. Olga Kazmina, Deputy Dean  School of History, Moscow State University

Dynamics of Conceptual ideas within the framework of religious freedom in Russian through religious laws

  • Mikhail Zherebyatyev, Modern Humanities Academy

Legislative gaps in the regulation of state-religion relations in post-Soviet Russia

  • Vladimir Ryakhovsky, President's Human Rights Council, Russian Federation

The current problems of realizing freedom of conscience in contemporary Russia: the perfection of legislation strengthening state control of the activity of religious associaitons

Arame Room (session in Russian only)


Maksim Vasin and Oleksandr Zaiets, Moderators

  • Natalia Kutuzova, Associate Professor, Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Philosophy, National Academy of Sciences of Belarus

Religious Organizations in the Public Environment in Belarus: Opportunities and Legal Restrictions

  • Dr. Anatoly Kolodny, Religious Studies Department, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

Issues of Religious Freedom under the Revolution of Dignity

  • Professor Lyudmilla Fylypovich, Religious Studies Department, National Academy of Sciences

Ukraine's legislative initiatives in the field of freedom of religion under the new socio-political conditions

12:15-1:45           Lunch

1:45-3:00             Breakout sessions

Erebuni Room (translation into Armenian, English, and Russian)


Dr. Carmen Garcimartin and Vladimir Ryakhovsky, Moderators

  • Dr. Merlin Kiviorg, Senior Research Fellow in Public International Law, University of Tartu Faculty of Law

Conscientious Objection: Challenges in the European Anti-discrimination Framework

  • Anatoliy Pchelintsev, Slavic Centre for Law and Justice

Military Oaths and Religious Beliefs: Legal Solutions

  • Elizabeth A. Clark, Associate Director, International Center for Law and Religion Studies, Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School

Conscientious Objection and a Pluralistic Society

  • Professor Henryk Hoffman, Jagellonian University Institute of Religious Studies

Actual Problems to Ensure the Right for Freedom of Conscience in Poland

Urartu Room (session in Russian only)


Dr. Vladimir Storchak and Mikhail Sitnikov, Moderators

  • Andrey Melnikov

Mass Media become the main target for the clergy in Russia

  • Olga Ganina, Assistant Professorm the Chair of Philosophy and Cultural Studies, Volga region State University of Service

The problem of tolerance from the standpoint of Russian Orthodoxy

  • Professor William Schmidt, Department of Ethnic and Federative Relations, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration

Religious traditions and institutions

Arame Room (session in English only)


Professor Eileen Barker and Dean Martin Farek, Moderators

  • Nino Sukhishvili, EMC Human Rights Education and Monitoring Centre

State Agency for Religious Affairs of Georgia as a Religious Policy Instrument

  • Dr. Simon Yin, Legal Studies Department at the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary

Religion and Law in Central and Eastern Europe: Focus on Religious Group Registration

  • Nino Sulamanidze, Ombudsman Office of Georgia

Freedom of Religion in the Last Annual Report of the Ombudsman of Georgia

3-3:15                   Break

3:15-5                   Breakout sessions

Erebuni Room (translation into Armenian, English, and Russian)


Dr. Davit Mikayelyan and Dr. Alla Aristova, Moderators

  • Armine Davtyan, Collaboration for Democracy NGO

Phenomenon of "Spiritual Person" as a Goal for Spiritual-Educational Process

  • Dr. Saule Sarkenova, Professor, Eastern Kazakh State University, Department of Law

Attitudes of Young People to Kazakhstan's Legislation on Religion

  • Isabella Sargsyan, Eurasia Partnership Foundation

Challenges Children and Youth from Religious and Ethnic Minority Groups Face in Armenia

Urartu Room (session in Russian only)


Professor Lyudmila Fylypovich and Professor Ekaterina Elbakian, moderators

  • Dr. Oleksandr Sagan, Head of the History of Religion Department, H.Scovoroda Philosophy Institute of the Ukrainian National Academy of Sciences

Features of legislative regulation for issues of national security in the religious sphere and legal protection of equality for churches

  • Dr. Dmytro Vovk, Assistant Professor of the Yaroslav the Wise National Law University

Balancing religious freedom against public order: Jurisprudence of Ukrainian Courts

  • Oleksandr Zaiets, Public Council of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine on Matters of Cooperation with Churches and Religious Organizations and the Public Council of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine on Matters of Cooperation with Religious Organizations

Perspective of development of religious freedom in the legislation of Ukraine under the context of state-confessional dialogue

5-5:30                   Final plenary, Erebuni Room (translation into Armenian, English, and Russian)

Moderators: Professors Cole Durham and Ekaterina Elbakian

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