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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Alonzo McDonald passes away at 91

John Witte and Alonzo McDonald
Alonzo McDonald 48C, a longtime friend and generous benefactor of Emory’s Center for the Study of Law and Religion (CSLR) has passed away, on Nov. 21, 2019. He was 91. In 1989, Mr. McDonald and his wife Suzie founded the McDonald Agape Foundation which works with a select group of universities and scholars who represent models of spiritual knowledge and deep faith.  The foundation’s support of religious scholarship at Emory has included sustained funding for projects and scholarship at both CSLR and the Candler School of Theology. This year, the foundation sponsored the inaugural class of McDonald Distinguished Fellows, 13 younger Christian scholars of law, theology, history and ethics, each appointed to a five-year term (2019-2024).
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The Center for the Study of Law and Religion is proud to announce the inaugural class of McDonald Distinguished Fellows.

These thirteen Christian scholars of law, theology, history, and ethics have embarked on distinguished academic careers and will be appointed to a five-year term from 2019 to 2024.  In partnership with the McDonald Agape Foundation, this diverse group of scholars will receive financial, intellectual, and social support from the CSLR as they produce books, articles, interviews, and public lectures.


Announcing the launch of Canopy Forum!

The Center for the Study of Law and Religion is proud to announce the launch of our new digital publication Canopy Forum. By taking advantage of contemporary means for content delivery – from short essays and thematic text primers to video interviews and podcasts – this website engages a global network of the top minds in law and religion to produce sophisticated and accessible content for a contemporary age.

Among other things you can find on Canopy Forum, Elizabeth Shakman Hurd discusses three myths about religion and politics, Robert M. Franklin explores moral leadership as a modern vocation, and our editoiral team outlines our new vision for conversations about law and religion.


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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 below. 

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Lecture Spotlight: Berman Forum 2019

Stanley Fish discusses “Liberalism, Pluralism and the Religion Clause: A Total Mess” at the 2019 Harold J. Berman Forum in Law and Religion. 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.

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