The Center for the Study of Law and Religion produces and promotes path-breaking scholarship, teaching, and public programs on the interaction of law and religion around the world. CSLR is a thought leader dedicated to producing innovative scholarship, facilitating challenging conversations, convening the best minds, and training the next generation of academics, lawyers, and religious leaders to advance the global conversation on law and religion. 

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Alexander leaving Emory Law

After 37 years, Frank S. Alexander, Sam Nunn Professor of Law and founding director of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion, concluded his teaching career at Emory Law at the end of the 2017-2018 academic year. Read more here

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Broyde studying in Israel

Michael J. Broyde is spending the 2018-2019 school year in Israel on a Fulbright Senior Scholar Fellowship. He is studying religious arbitration in diverse western democracies at Hebrew University. Read more here.

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We offer six degree programs: Juris Doctor/Master of Theological Studies (JD/MTS), Juris Doctor/Master of Divinity (JD/MDiv), Juris Doctor/Doctor of Philosophy (JD/PhD), Juris Master with a Concentration in Law and Religion (JM), Master of Law with a Concentration in Law and Religion (LLM), and Doctor of Juridical Science with a Concentration in Law and Religion (SJD). Learn about requirements, courses, and admissions procedures here

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Lecture Spotlight: Currie 2018

Andra Gillespie, associate professor of political science at Emory, discusses "Political Religion in the Age of Trump" at the 2018 Currie Lecture. Lectures and conferences at CSLR attract scholars, theologians, and legal practitioners from around the world as well as faculty members here at Emory. Over the years, CSLR has welcomed Former President Jimmy Carter, His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. 

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Author Spotlight: Rafael Domingo

Rafael Domingo, Spruill Family Research Professor, has co-edited Great Christian Jurists in Spanish History (Cambridge University Press, 2018) with Javier Martínez-Torrón and written Roman Law: An Introduction (Routledge, 2018). Domingo also serves as professor of law and research professor at the Institute of Culture and Society at the University of Navarra. A specialist in legal history, legal theory, ancient Roman law, and comparative law, he has published more than 20 books and 50 articles.To learn more, go here

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Audra Savage

Savage receives John & Gertie Witte Prize

Audra Savage (SJD 2018) received the 2018 John & Gertie Witte Prize for Outstanding Work in Law and Christianity, which was created in 2014 to honor the memory of CSLR Director John Witte, Jr.'s parents. The award honors a graduating student who has shown excellence in the Christian Legal Studies Program at CSLR.

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Wamwara lectures on human rights

John Wamwara, Dooyeweerd Fellow and SJD Candidate, presented a lecture series on "Christianity and Human Rights in Africa." Wamwara is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya and has worked as a Legal Officer at the International Committee of the Red Cross, the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights, and the Kenyan Parliament.

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CSLR co-organizes religious freedom conference

John Witte, Jr. joined scholars from Europe and the United States for "Is Religious Freedom Under Threat? A Trans-Atlantic Dialogue" at Christ College. Witte is pictured above with speakers Mary Ann Glendon and Nigel Biggar and Peter McDonald of the McDonald Agape Foundation, which sponsored the conference. CSLR and the McDonald Centre co-organized. 

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We are not here to proselytize our faith. We are not introducing a soft subject that dilutes or detracts from rigorous legal study. We seek to sponsor a deeper and richer understanding of law by increasing our understanding of the fundamental role religion has played in shaping law, politics, and society.  -- John Witte, Jr.