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International Colloquium on Raising Consciousness and Morality through Dialogue @ Lucknow, 14th to 17th July 2011


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We take great pleasure in inviting you to participate in the 2nd International Colloquium on Raising Consciousness through Dialogue being organised by City Montessori School, Asharfabad Campus from 14th July to 17th July 2011 at the World Unity Convention Centre, CMS Girls Degree College, Lucknow, India.

For this beautiful world to reach greater heights of accomplishments, it is imperative for all of us to understand and accept the need to live in unity. To feel and live as one it is important that we understand each other, trust each other and respect other, Ours is a world with diversities...that is how the great Creator wanted it to be! Despite these differences one cord that unites us all is our belief in Divine Creator that has created us all. Religion, Religious beliefs maybe many but the Eternal Laws that Prophets have given us from time to time are all one and the same.

Unfortunately at times due to the communication gap and our pre-conceived notions about people from different religious backgrounds either we withdraw ourselves or for the sake of survival behave destructively. This is primarily the reason behind the conflict, strife and stress that is enveloping human lives today all over the world.

To remove this darkness of ignorance, to break these barriers that divide, to set our minds free of prejudices it is important to have an interaction, a dialogue specially where people from diverse backgrounds live and work in close proximity. Hence this 2nd International Colloquium on Raising Consciousness and Morality through Dialogue.

There is no registration or participation fee. All delegates from abroad will be provided with complimentary boarding and lodging facilities alongwith transport within Lucknow city (Local Transport). The delegates will be required to manage their own travel expenses to and from Lucknow city.

Registration for Participation
Kindly register yourself by 30th May, 2011. Once we receive your registration, we will send an acknowledgment confirming your participation. Participation has been limited to first-come-first-served basis.

Lucknow city is the capital of Uttar Pradesh state in North India. It is 500 kms south-west of New Delhi (capital of India). The city is well connected by Air, Rail and Road network with all the major cities of India.

General Information About The Conference:

 It will be our pleasure to provide hospitality free of cost to all outstation participants which includes Boarding and lodging & transport to and fro from the airport/railway station.

    Accommodation for the participants will be available on first come first served and Twin Sharing basis.

    Railway or Airfare etc. will be borne by the participants.

    Outstation Participants will be required to supply the organizers with complete travel details in advance, so that arrangements can be made for their boarding, lodging and transport.

    A counter would be set up at the Lucknow Airport and Railway Station for the assistance of the participants.

    The average temperature in July ranges between 40 & 45 degrees centigrade.

    The Venue for the conference is World Unity Convention Centre which is a part of a larger complex of CMS Girls Degree College, LDA Colony, Kanpur Road, Lucknow. This five storied building has its own kitchen, bedrooms with all modern amenities, elevator, Swimming pool, Conference Halls and an auditorium to accommodate 3000 persons. Communication Centre and Internet facilities will be available. The School is situated in the western part of Lucknow. It is located about 6 kms from the Lucknow Railway Station (also called Charbagh Railway Station) and about 3 kms from Lucknow Airport which is also called Lucknow Amausi Airport.

    The official working language of the conference is English.

    Doctor will visit the venue daily and will be on call for the duration of the conference.

    A help desk with efficient officials will be functioning for assistance round the clock.

    Kindly fill your registration form online by the 15th June 2010.


Hon. Justice Dr. Adel Omar Sherif
Deputy Chief Justice, Supreme Constitutional Court of Egypt

Dr. Dr. h.c. Adel Omar Sherif is the Deputy Chief Justice of the Supreme Constitutional Court of Egypt and a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law at Dedman School of Law, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas. He also serves as a Vice President of the International Judicial Academy in Washington, D.C. USA.

Prior to his arrival to the bench as a DCJ in 2002, Justice Sherif, had occasionally been delegated to serve, in addition to his main judicial work, as a part-time legal adviser to several government agencies, including the Prime Minister's Office, the Egyptian Antiquities Organization, the Cultural Palaces Organization, the Real-Estate Bank of Egypt, and the Cairo Regional Center for International Commercial Arbitration. At the time-being he is a member of the Specialized National Councils, Administrative Development Sector, faculty member at Helwan university law school in Cairo and many other legal associations and academic institutions both inside Egypt and outside. At the international level, Justice Sherif is a council member of Centre of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law (CIMEL) at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) of the University of London, a member of the International Board of Judicial Advisers for the Judges Newsletter of The Hague Conference on Private International Law and a member of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights' Judicial Reference Group.

In the environment area, Justice Sherif is a member of both the judicial advisory board to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP); a member of the specialist judicial group and the soil specialist group at the International Union for Conservation of the Nature (IUCN). In addition, Justice Sherif serves as a Secretary General for the Arab Supreme Courts Union for the Protection of the Environment, and he is also a member of the Executive Planning Committee of the International Network for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement, INECE, Washington, DC, USA. Further, Justice Sherif has recently been selected as a member of the Steering Committee of the Commission on Environmental Law at the IUCN.
Justice Sherif was a Visiting Fellow at the Human Rights Law Centre of the College of Law, DePaul University in Chicago, IL in 1992, the Human Rights Centre of the University of Essex from 1993—94, the Federal Judicial Center in Washington D.C. in 1996 a Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Law, McGill University from 1998-99. As of the Spring Semester of 2008, Justice Sherif has been a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Comparative Law at Dedman School of Law, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, USA.

Justice Sherif has contributed significantly to the development of the international judicial cooperation movement, especially throughout his direct engagement in the activities of various international judicial forums, including his membership of the Judicial Group on Strengthen Judicial Integrity, who developed the Bangalore Principles of Judicial Conduct. In addition, he often represents the Egyptian judicial community in international events, conferences and seminars. Moreover, he has served as the Rapporteur of a series of international human rights conferences known collectively as "The Cairo Conference" and for two regional and international conferences on capacity building of judges on environmental law.
In 2005, the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan awarded Justice Sherif the Medal of the Constitution of Kazakhstan. In addition, in 2007, the Ateneo de Davao University in the Philippines conferred upon Justice Sherif an honorary doctorate degree in laws.

He has written and published widely on various legal aspects including human rights, constitutional issues, Islamic law and environmental law.

Topic: Peaceful Cohabitation in Multi-Religious Societies: The Continuing Need for an Inter-faith Dialogue


Professor Nihal Jayawickrama

Consultant to United Nations Agencies on Governance & Judicial reform and Co-ordinator of the UN-Sponsored Judicial Integrity Group
Dr Nihal Jayawickrama practised law in Sri Lanka before serving as Attorney General and then Secretary for Justice. He was Vice-Chairman of the Sri Lanka Delegation to the UN General Assembly, a member of the Judicial Service Advisory Board of Sri Lanka, and a Member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague. Professor of Law at the University of Hong Kong (1984-1997) and the Ariel F Sallows Professor of Human Rights at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada (1992-1993), he was Executive Director of Transparency International in Berlin (1997-2000). He is currently a consultant to United Nations agencies on governance and judicial reform, and Co-ordinator of the UN-sponsored Judicial Integrity Group.
Topic: The Right to the Freedom of Thought, Conscience and Religion (and the Right to Protection against the Advocacy of Religious Hatred).

Topic: The Right to the Freedom of Thought, Conscience and Religion (and the Right to Protection against the Advocacy of Religious Hatred).


Hon’ble Justice M.L. Uwais GCON
Former Chief Justice of Nigeria

Hon Justice M. L. Uwais GCON began his career as a State Counsel in the Ministry of Justice in the then North Central State of Nigeria. He started his career as a State Counsel and was appointed Acting Judge of the High Court in 1974, the then Federal Court of Appeal, and finally the Supreme Court of Nigeria in 1979. He became the Chief Justice of Nigeria in 1995, a position he held until June, 2006, when he retired from active service. In his capacity as Chief Justice, he served as Chairman of the National Judicial Service Commission, The National Judicial Institute and the Federal Judicial Service Commission, and has been member of various International and National Commissions of Enquiry. He has participated in many judicial reform and integrity initiatives in Nigeria and abroad, including the UN-appointed Judicial Integrity Group. He is Fellow of the Nigeria Institute for Advanced Legal Studies and the Society for Advanced Legal Studies in the UK,the holder of many honorary degrees from five Universities in Nigeria and Honorary President of the World Jurists Association. In recognition of his meritorious and distinguished service, Justice Uwais was awarded the honour of the Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger, by his country, Nigeria, in the year 2000.In 2007, he was appointed the Chairman of Nigeria's Electoral Reform Committee.
Topic : 'Interfaith Dialogue; the Nigerian Experience.'

Topic : 'Legal Pluralism and Legal Autonomy in Multi-faith Communities: The Nigerian Example.'


His Excellency Michel de Salaberry
Former Ambassador
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Canada

Michel De Salaberry is a former Canadian Ambassador to Egypt , Iran and Jordan . He also served as former Deputy Director, Middle East Division, Chief of Staff to the Minister for Constitutional Affairs, and Director, Middle East Relations Division at Foreign Affairs Canada. Since retirement in January 2005, he returned to active service as Canadian Government representative in Southern Afghanistan for part of 2007. He is now engaged in a number of civil society activities with L'Arche communities of the mentally handicapped in both Gatineau and Bethlehem-Azzarieh, Future Generations Canada ( community development in Bamian province, Afghanistan ), and the New Day Foundation for cultural dialogue between Canada and Iran.

Topic: Reflections on Interfaith Dialogue in Different Societies in the Middle East, Africa, India and the West.


Professor John Attanasio
Judge James Noel Dean and Professor of Law and William Hawley Atwell Chair of Constitutional Law; Dedman Law School, Southern Methodist University, Dallas. Texas. USA

Dean Attanasio has taught at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and Notre Dame Law School, where he also served as the John M. Regan Jr. Director for the Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies from 1991-1992. He was dean of Saint Louis University School of Law from 1992-1998. As a 1990 Fulbright Award recipient, Dean Attanasio delivered lectures on American constitutional law in Moscow and throughout the former Soviet Union. He has advised various legislative and judicial officials in emerging democracies including Bulgaria, the former Czechoslovakia, Russia, Estonia, Hungary, and South Africa. In addition, he arranged the first United States visit of five justices of the Russian Constitutional Court and accompanied them to Washington, D.C. With Dean John Sexton of the New York University School of Law, he has organized two summits on constitutional adjudication that featured justices of the U.S. Supreme Court and the constitutional courts of Russia, Germany, and Italy. He also organized a symposium on the South Africa constitutional transformation featuring three justices from that country's Constitutional Court. Dean Attanasio has taught constitutional law, First Amendment, civil procedure, torts, and jurisprudence. He is co-author (with Norman Redich, Joel Goldstein, and the late Bernard Schwartz) of Constitutional Law and Understanding Constitutional Law and has written numerous articles for legal journals, including the New York University Law Review, the Virginia Law Review, the University of Chicago Law Review, Georgetown Law Review, and the American Journal of Comparative Law.

Topic: Obstacles to Interfaith Dialogue


Professor Dr. Mohammad El-Shahat l-Gendy
The Secretary General of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs & Member of Islamic Research Academy of Al- Azhar

Professor Dr. Mohammad El-Shahat El-Gendy ist the Secretary General of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs and a member of Islamic Research Academy of Al- Azhar. He also serves as a Professor and Head of Department of Shari`ah and Law- Faculty of Law- Helwan University in Cairo where he used to be the former Dean of that department.

He has authored and published extensively in Islamic Shari’a field and conducted a number of comparative studies between Islam and international law.

Topic: Obstacles to Interfaith Dialogue (Islam and Christianity)


Professor Kristen Stilt, PhD
Northwestern University School of Law, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Kristen Stilt joined the Northwestern Law faculty in fall 2007 as an Associate Professor of Law with a joint appointment in the Department of History. She received her JD from The University of Texas School of Law, where she served as an associate editor of the Texas Law Review and co-Editor-in-Chief of the Texas Journal of Women and the Law. She received her PhD in Islamic history from Harvard University in 2004 and her book manuscript from her dissertation, entitled Law and Order in Medieval Cairo, is currently under revision.

Professor Stilt’s research interests are Islamic law in classical formulations and modern interpretations. Her current research project, funded by the Carnegie Corporation, studies the establishment of Islam as the state religion in the constitutions of Egypt, Morocco, and Malaysia.

Topic: Inter-faith Dialogue in America after 9/11


Dr Marcia Hermansen
Loyola University Chicago, Islamic Theologies of Religious Pluralism

Dr. Marcia Hermansen is a Professor of Theology at Loyola University Chicago where she teaches courses in Islamic Studies and World Religions. She also directs the Islamic World Studies Program. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in Arabic and Islamic Studies. In the course of her research and language training she lived for extended periods in Egypt, Jordan, India, Iran, Turkey and Pakistan. She conducts research in Arabic, Persian, Turkish, and Urdu as well as the major European languages. Her book, The Conclusive Argument from God, a study and translation from the Arabic of Shah Wali Allah of Delhi's, Hujjat Allah al-Baligha, was published in 1996. She also co-edited the MacMillan Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World. Dr. Hermansen has also contributed numerous academic articles in the fields of Islamic thought, Islam and Muslims in South Asia, Muslims in America and Women in Islam.

Topic: Islamic Theologies of Religious Pluralism


Mr Carool Kersten
Lecturer in Islamic Studies, King's College London. School of Arts & Humanities. Department of Theology & Religious Studies Chesham Building, Strand Campus London WC2R 2LS

Dr. Carool Kersten is a lecturer in Islamic Studies at King's College London, University of London, where he is associated with both the Department of Theology and Religious Studies and the Middle East and Mediterranean Studies Programme. Prior to joining King's College London, he taught Southeast Asian history and religion at the Center for Graduate and International Studies, Payap University in Chiang Mai (Thailand). As a historian of religions, Dr. Kersten specializes in the intellectual history of the modern Muslim world. His research interests include contemporary Muslim thought, Islam in transnational and global contexts, Islam in Southeast Asia, interdisciplinary approaches to the study of Islam, and theory and method in the study of religions. Originally from the Netherlands, he obtained the equivalent of a cum laude Master's Degree in Arabic Language and Culture from Radboud University Nijmegen, writing a dissertation on the Islamic law of treaties. Dr Kersten also has a certificate in Southeast Asian Studies from Payap University and received his PhD in the Study of Religions from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London. He has authored two books on Southeast Asian history and  contributed to several edited volumes. A monograph on new Muslim intellectuals and the study of Islam has just been completed and will be jointly published by Hurst & Co. and Columbia University Press.  His articles have appeared in scholarly journals in Europe, North America and Asia. Dr. Kersten serves on the international advisory board of the Journal of International and Global Studies.

Topic: 'Learning from the peripheries: Lessons in pluralist and inclusivist interpretations of Muslim/non-Muslim relations from Southeast Asia and Turkey'.


Professor Anver M. Emon
Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, Canada

A native Californian, Anver M. Emon joined University of Toronto's Faculty of Law in 2005. Professor Emon's research focuses on premodern and modern Islamic legal history and theory; premodern modes of governance and adjudication; and the role of Shari'a both inside and outside the Muslim world. His general academic interests include medieval intellectual and religious history; law and religion; legal history; and legal philosophy. He teaches Tort Law and offers specialized seminars on Islamic legal history, gender and Islamic law, and law and religion. Additionally, he supervises graduate students in advanced research in Islamic law and history. Professor Emon is the author of Islamic Natural Law Theories (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010), and is the founding editor of Middle East Law and Governance: An Interdisciplinary Journal (published by Brill).

Topic: Sharia, Empire and Rule of Law: The Limits of 'Tolerance' when Governing Pluralism


Kishan Fitzgerald Manocha

Dr Kishan Manocha holds degrees in medicine and law from the Universities of London and Cambridge respectively and is a Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists of the United Kingdom. He worked as a psychiatrist and has also practised at the criminal Bar in England and Wales.

He has been the Secretary-General of the national governing body of the Bahá'í community in the United Kingdom since April 2005. Dr Manocha has also worked in various capacities for the United Nations, including as special assistant to the United Nations Advisory Committee on the Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities. Since 2008 he is serving as a Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief for the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. He is currently a Fellow of the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights at Concordia University in Canada.

Topic: 'Baha'i' Approach To Inter Faith Dialogue And Relations'


Mariam Tai

Born in Sri Lanka to an Indian father and British/Dutch mother, Mariam Tai was educated at Ladies College in Colombo, Sri Lanka. For tertiary education, she pursued a professional career as a derma therapist, a line she has continued with eversince.

She has been active in her professional field as a derma therapist and continues to pursue her involvement in the development of the Baha’i community, research and publications, participation and contribution to international seminars and the advancement of women. Ms Tai is the Member, Advisory Board, Encounter of Worldviews, The Netherlands. She is Currently a member of the Local Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’i’s of the Gold Coast.


Mohamed Hassan El-Banna
Managing Editor of Al-Akhbar Daily Newspaper, Cairo,Egypt

Mohamed Hassan El-Banna is renowned for being one of the active members in syndicates and NGOs activities in Egypt. He is the Managing Editor of Al-Akhbar daily newspaper and serves as a member of a numbers of NGOs working in the areas of human rights, consumer protection, media, economy, environment and sustainable development. He frequently conducts extensive research studies and lectures in those areas.

He holds High Studies Diplomas in Environmental Administration & General Management.

Topic: The Role of the Media in Promoting Interfaith Dialogue in Multi Faith Societies


Dr. Nabil Abdel Fatah Mohamed
Vice President, Ahram Center for Strategic Studies Ahram Newspaper, Cairo, Egypt

Dr Nabil Abdel Fatah Mohamed is the Head of the Sociological and Legal Research Unit at the Al Ahram Centre for Political and Strategic Studies since 1990 and the Assistant to the Director of the Al Ahram Centre for Political and Strategic Studies since the year 2000. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of ‘State of Religion in Egypt Report’.

Dr Mohamed is a regular writer in the Al Ahram Newspaper, Al Ahram Al Arabi Magazine, and other Egyptian and Arabic Newspapers and has published extensively in the areas of state, religion and Islamic Christian relationship.
He was a visiting Researcher at ORSTOM French Institute in the year 1993.


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