6.5. Debates on Relations Between States, Society and Religious Organizations

Wednesday, May 16
15:00 - 18:00

Hall #4, General Staff Building (6-8, Dvortsovaya sq.)

The role of religious organizations cannot be overestimated in the modern civil society. As is well known, their core mission lies in the spiritual and moral sphere. At the same time, in terms of the law religious organizations are legal entities belonging to non-profit organizations. In this capacity of legal subjects, they interact with public authorities, including courts.

In this regard, the model of their interaction becomes most relevant, including mechanisms for support of religious organizations by the State.

The round table debate will be attended by representatives of the traditional Russian and foreign denominations and prominent national and international experts in the sphere of legal relations between the State and religious communities.

The round table discussion will focus on the following topics:

  • morality in the law, science, education, culture, healthcare, and economy;
  • legal disputes between the State and religious organizations, including property issues;
  • State control over activities of religious organizations;
  • legal aspects of protecting religious feelings of believers;
  • improvement of legislative regulation in protecting civil rights against unlawful actions of sects and extremist faith-based organizations;
  • State measures for encouraging charity activities of religious organizations, including tax benefits.

Moderator

Sergey Gavrilov

Chairman of the Committee of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation on the Development of Civil Society, Issues of Public and Religious Associations

Speakers

Xenia Abbess

Head of Legal Service, Moscow Patriarchate

Amvrosiy Archbishop Petergofskiy

Vicar of the Diocese of Saint Petersburg, Rector of Saint Petersburg Theological Academy Russian Orthodox Church

Ditrikh Brauer

Archbishop, Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Russia

Albir Krganov

Mufti, Spiritual Assembly of Muslims of Russia

Isidor Metropolitan Smolensky and Dorogobuzhskyi

Head of the Smolenskaya Diocese, Russian Federation

Celestino Migliore

Apostolic Nuncio, Apostolic Nunciature (Vatican Embassy) in the Russian Federation

Aleksandr Pelin

Chairman of the Department for Relations between the Church and Society of the St. Petersburg Diocese, Department for Relations between the Church and Society of the St. Petersburg Diocese, Russian Federation

Igor Ponkin

Professor, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration

Evgeniy Romanov

Head of Legal Department, Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia

Mikhail Shakhov

Professor, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration

Vadim Vinogradov

Head of Constitutional and International Law Chair, The Russian Law Academy


* The Programme may be subject to change