Thursday, March 3 at 12:00pm EST
A virtual conference sponsored by Canopy Forum of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory (CSLR) featuring scholars, experts and practitioners on the topic of religious arbitration.


This virtual conference sponsored by the Canopy Forum of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory (CSLR) brings together scholars, experts and practitioners to examine key trends, practices, and problems related to arbitration tribunals in religious communities in the United States, such as:

  • What does religious arbitration look like in various communities and jurisdictions in the United States?
  • Should religious arbitration be allowed in the United States?
  • What are the potential benefits of such tribunals for the parties who use them, the religious traditions that run them, and the US legal system with which they coexist?
  • How can the US legal system and religious arbitration tribunals strike a balance between granting parties the freedom to choose a forum for their legal disputes while also protecting the rights and interests of vulnerable parties?
  • Whether and to what extent is religious arbitration consistent with the principles of religious freedom and of separation of church and state?

While many of these questions are not unique to religious arbitration, they are especially salient when posed in the context of faith-based dispute resolution processes that are designed not only to resolve disputes, but to do so in ways that promote shared religious principles and values.

Join us for the virtual conference on Thursday, March 3rd, 12–2pm ET, where participants will present a 3-minute summary of their key arguments, with accompanying essays to be published on the Canopy Forum.

Premieres Thursday, March 3rd, 12PM ET