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Welcome to the Site of the Strasbourg Consortium 
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PLEASE NOTE: This site has no official affiliation with the Council of Europe or the European Court of Human Rights. It is independently operated by the staff of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies at Brigham Young University Law School in the United States. 

This site is dedicated to reporting and commenting upon issues involving freedom of conscience, religion, or belief throughout the member states of the Council of Europe, with particular focus on the work of the European Court of Human Rights and its predecessor tribunal, the European Commission of Human Rights. We are working to make this site the definitive source of information for scholars and others interested in understanding and having some influence upon the work of the Court in this vital area. Since the decisions on the important issues pending before the Court will shape the basic contours of freedom of religion or belief for years to come, not only throughout Europe, but throughout the world as the Court and its opinions become increasingly influential, the kind of work envisioned by, and carried out by, the Strasbourg Consortium is particularly critical.  For detailed nformation on the operations of the Court, please see the Court's website

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The Strasbourg Consortium was envisioned as an association of academic institutions with interest in freedom of religion or belief (FoRB), who recognized a need for an electronic forum, to encourage in-depth discussion of issues pending before the European Court of Human Rights and other international institutions.

This need became more apparent in 2005, when the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights considered and decided the case of Leyla Şahin v. Turkey, the so-called "headscarf case." This consortium of academic institutions determined that it... more