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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CSLR announces vision for next seven years

The Center for the Study of Law and Religion (CSLR) has announced plans to focus new research on jurisprudence, social justice, and health, while continuing the work in Christianity, Judaism, Islam, and human rights for which it is internationally known.

“As the world witnesses rapid and seismic shifts in law, religion, and society, there remains so much work for us to do,” said Director John Witte, Jr., Robert W. Woodruff Professor of Law and McDonald Distinguished Professor. “We will continue to build on our strengths while venturing into new areas of law and religion, anticipating as we always have issues before they become politically and culturally hot.”

CSLR’s new focus will yield research projects on the deep interconnections between law, spirituality, and character and on law, religion, and migration. As part of a new research area on law, religion, and health, CSLR plans to develop a new project on law, religion, and sexual health and liberty.

“As the world witnesses rapid and seismic shifts in law, religion, and society, there remains so much work for us to do,” said Director John Witte, Jr., Robert W. Woodruff Professor of Law and McDonald Distinguished Professor. “We will continue to build on our strengths while venturing into new areas of law and religion, anticipating as we always have issues before they become politically and culturally hot.”

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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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David Zeligman

Zeligman named Dooyeweerd Fellow

David Zeligman (SJD) is CSLR's Dooyeweerd Fellow in Law and Religion for the 2018-2019 academic year. His research interest in how faith influences how lawyers practice is reminiscent of the work of 20th-century Dutch jurist, theologian, and philosopher Herman Dooyeweerd.
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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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The Center for the Study of Law and Religion is a thought leader dedicated to producing innovative scholarship, facilitating challenging conversation, convening the best minds, and training the next generation of academics, lawyers, and religious leaders to advance the global conversation on law and religion.