CIFoRB research

Current research is focused on theoretical approaches to the freedom of religion or belief as a religious, political and legal imperative. 

Protecting Civil Society Space Parliamentary Debate, Westminster Hall Thursday 26 January 2017 
The debate in Parliament was promoted by CIFoRB in cooperation with Freedom Declared, the  All Party Parliamentary Group for International Freedom of Religion or Belief

CIFoRB's Head of Research - Harriet Hoffler outlines CIFoRB's work with parliamentarians around the Commonwealth at the Annual Symposium of the International Centre for Law and Religious Studies in Oxford. (please start at 05:13)

Harriet Hoffler presenting

The common ground from these three spheres will be used to build effective frameworks and coalitions for action for FORB overall.  Furthermore, the utility of the current international frameworks in place for FORB will be subject to rigorous scrutiny, and new models and approaches will be hypothesised.

Our research examines the philosophical, legal and political challenges that FORB faces today and looks for strategies, evidence and theories that can underpin effective practical action. The research will not just be shared amongst the academic community, but it will be used by our advocacy team in Westminster to equip and empower commonwealth parliamentarians to speak up on FORB.

Heiner Bielefeldt - former UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief analyses the challenges and possibilities arising from the politicisation of FoRB at a conference in Oslo. 

The conference was organised by the Coalition on Freedom of Religion or Belief and sponsored by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Fritt Ord and Brigham Young University.

The Politicisation of Freedom of Religion or Belief for Better and Worse