Participants in our Emerging International Leaders programme are meeting at Cumberland Lodge for the second of three residential retreats this year, exploring international perspectives on Freedom of Religion or Belief (FoRB) and practical responses to promoting and protecting it.

Now in its fourth year, our prestigious Emerging International Leaders Programme is designed to equip future leaders and opinion formers with the skills and insight necessary to drive debate, influence policy and build a powerful global network in support of the right to freedom of religion or belief.

Guest speakers

Confirmed speakers for this retreat include:

Professor Eileen Barker OBE FBA - Professor Emeritus, London School of Economics

Phil Champain - Executive Director, Faith & Belief Forum

Professor Gwen Griffith-Dickson - Director, Lokahi Foundation

Amro Hussain - Director, APPG for International Freedom of Religion or Belief

Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain MBE - Minister, Maidenhead Synagogue

We will be announcing further speakers shortly.

Whilst at Cumberland Lodge, participants will also have the opportunity to visit a local place of worship.

Equipping future leaders

Our 2019-20 Emerging International Leaders programme is addressing:

  • Why is freedom of religion or belief important?
  • How does freedom of religion or belief intersect with other freedoms?
  • What are the successes/failings of existing national and international policies on freedom of religion or belief?
  • How can existing human rights frameworks be supplemented, supported and implemented?

Participants take part in multi-disciplinary discussions with academics, advocates, policy-makers and activists. They are also challenged to think creatively about practical responses to violations of freedom of religion or belief around the world.

Together with fellow participants from universities across the UK, participants are exploring topics such as:

  • The Universal Declaration of Human Rights
  • The role and position of religion in the public square
  • Religious literacy and inter-faith dialogue
  • The importance of Freedom of Religion or Belief in the contemporary, global context.
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Dates and times

From: 24 Jan 2020 - 4:00pm
To: 26 Jan 2020 - 4:00pm