Do human beings need religion to shape their civilization? Obviously, this provocative statement may trigger a long and serious discourse among scholars. The failure of contemporary western society-disintegration of sexual morality, meaninglessness of honesty, economic exploitation, mental and emotional insecurity, followed by the worship of the gods of wealth, comfort and expediency-has made it obvious to many a keen observer that the present civilization is heading towards its own destruction despite its glorious achievements in the fields of science and technology.
As a reaction to the failure of religion in the West, the idea of secular humanism and its political systems towards religion may appear to be quite relevant but these systems have, nevertheless, been responsible for the human tragedy that has made the unhappiness of man. The fact shows that the secular system has failed to answer the dream of human being to reach the happy life. Hence, the westerners start looking for any concept that they believe may answer the problems.
Nowadays, there is a fast growing of religious awareness among society. In the former communist and secular countries, there is significant changes where people have been started looking for religion as the way of life. However, the religious awareness needs to be derived into a wider concept of social, political and economic system. In that sense, the world needs to walk hand in hand to discuss the issues. Therefore, it is important to have a more meaningful sharing to discuss topical issues concerning law, its interaction with religion, and the role of religion in contemporary legal and socio-political systems.
Based on the discussion above, the Faculty of Law Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta initiates the 9th International Conference on Law and Society (ICLAS 9). ICLAS 9 is the continuation of the previous ICLAS Conference, which firstly initiated and held by Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta in 2011, followed by 2nd ICLAS in International Islamic University Malaysia. Furthermore, the 3rd ICLAS was held in Istanbul University-Law, Turkey, continued by the University Islam Sultan Zainal Abidin in Trengganu, Malaysia as a main host of ICLAS 4. ICLAS 5 was successfully conducted at Fatoni University, Thailand. ICLAS 6 was concluded by the Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta, Indonesia. ICLAS 7 was held in Sabah, Malaysia, at University Malaysia Sabah. Last conference, the 8th ICLAS went successfully under the adminitration of Fatih Sultan Mehmet Vakif University, Istanbul, Turkey. This year, Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta regained its turn to host the ICLAS 9 on August 2020.