Under the Patronage of His Royal Highness Prince El Hassan bin Talal, the School of Law at the University of Jordan (UJ) organized the First Annual Middle East Conference on The Rule of Law and Religion, on Sunday, April 22.
Deputizing for HRH Prince Hassan, Chairman of UJ's board of trustees Prof. Adnan Badran attended the opening ceremony and delivered the prince’s speech.
The Conference, which was organized by the School in cooperation with the International Center for Law and Religion Studies at Brigham Young University, was attended by UJ President Prof. Azmi Mahafzah and Jordan's Grand Mufti Dr. Mohammad Al-Khalaileh.
The Conference addressed the 'Amman Message' in the context of a rapidly changing world.
In his speech, Prince Hassan said that the rule of law is the base of governance which plays a great role in realisng peace, stability and development.
He noted that Islamic jurisprudence corresponds to the concept of the rule of law. The prince noted that the Amman Message and the Royal discussion papers guarantee the rule of law and the social justice.
The themes of the conference focused on the main points of the Amman Message and its constitutional and legal outlook, as well as the meaning of 'Jihad' under the current circumstances of the Middle East.
In addition to the role of 'Amman Message' in combating religious extremism, the Conference addressed fundamental issues related to human rights and the protection of religious minorities.
The two days conference included eight sessions with the participation of academics, legal experts, Muslim and Christian scholars, and judicial leaders from Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Lebanon, Iraq, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Bahrain, Qatar, United States of America, Europe as well as Jordan.