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BRAZILIAN CENTER FOR STUDIES IN LAW AND RELIGION
Faculty of Law - Federal University of Uberlandia

Address
Av. João Naves de Ávila 2121, Bloco 3D
Campus Santa Mônica
CEP 38408-100
Uberlândia - MG, Brasil

The center
The Brazilian Center for Studies in Law and Religion (former Law and Religion Research Group) is a unique initiative in Brazil, which aims to study the relationship between law, state and religion from national and international perspectives, as well as to examine and promote the right to religious freedom. It is a research group affiliated with The National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq). The group organizes scientific meetings and conferences to stimulate valuable discussions and interactions. Its websites publish case law, national and international law, articles, comments, notes, reports, information on resources (journals, books, videos, websites), useful links and news related to religious freedom and church-state relations.

The coordinator
Rodrigo Vitorino Souza Alves is a member of the Faculty of Law of the Federal University of Uberlandia (Brazil). He was an Academic Visitor at the University of Oxford (2014-2015). His teaching and research interests include Constitutional Law, Human Rights, Law and Religion, Inter-religious and Intercultural Dialogue. He leads the Brazilian Center for Studies in Law and Religion, which focuses on religious freedom, protection of religious minorities, anti-discrimination norms and church-state relations. Rodrigo has published academic works and has been invited to speak or presented papers at national (including the National Congress of Brazil, the Human Rights Ministry and several Universities) and international events (incluing the Unviersities of Beijing, Oslo, Cardiff, Oxford, Oxford Brookes, Bielefeld, PUC Uruguay e Paraguay, BYU and Virginia; Fundazione Marcianum in Venice; Senate of Uruguay; OHCHR). At the United Nations Office at Geneva he served as guest speaker at the Sixth Session of the Forum on Minority Issues on "Beyond freedom of religion or belief: Guaranteeing the rights of religious minorities" (OHCHR). Rodrigo is a Researcher at the Ratio Legis - Center for Legal Research and Development  of the Autonomous University of Lisbon on the topic religious freedom, social tension and security, he sits at the International Academic Advisory Board of the Advanced Program on Religion and the Rule of Law at Oxford, he is a member of the Editorial Board of the Series "Law and Religion in a Global Context" published by Springer and  the editor of the book "Latin American Perspectives on Law and Religion", he is a guest academic at the Sacred and Secular Project (Open University), and also the Brazilian National Reporter for the Constitute Project (Comparative Constitutions Project). Rodrigo was a member of the Expert Advisory Group for the International Development of Law Organization (IDLO) study on freedom of religion or belief. In 2015-2016, he coordinated the project “Religion and Human Rights: Promoting the Respect for Religious Diversity”, which received the support of the Ministry of Education of Brazil. He is a member of the International Consortium for Law and Religion Studies (ICLARS), Latin American Consortium of Religious Freedom (CLLR) and Law and Religion Scholars Network (LARSN). He is licensed to practice law in Brazil.

Contact: rodrigo@direitoereligiao.org