Our Scholarship

What happens when law and religion collide? Answers can be found in the writings and lectures of CSLR scholars. The increasingly volatile relationship of religious and political communities around the globe, particularly within the past decade, has made it imperative for religion and state to learn to cooperate with each other -- lest they annihilate cherished traditions and cultures worldwide.

JLR Features Prominent Thought Leaders in the Field

The Center is pleased to share the third issue of the Journal of Law and Religion, which focuses on the rethinking of religious freedom, a concept often framed as an American triumph yet one that continues to change in the United States and abroad. Elizabeth Shakman Hurd and Winnifred Fallers Sullivan serve as guest editors, with Shakman Herd also contributing an article on the politics of religious freedom in Turkey.


Recent Publications

The Western Case for Monogamy Over Polygamy

For more than 2,500 years, the Western tradition has embraced monogamous marriage as an essential institution for the flourishing of men and women, parents and... more

The Codification of Jewish Law and an Introduction to the Jurisprudence of the Mishna Berura

Michael J. Broyde and Ira Bedzow  investigate the Mishna Berura, Rabbi Israel Meir Kagan’s most complex canon of Orthodox Jewish Law. It’s a singular work... more

Recent Lectures & Panels

The 2015 McDonald Distinguished Scholar Lectures on Christian Scholarship featured Richard Hays PhD and Michael Welker Dr. theol. Dr. phil.

Center News

John Witte Jr.

John Witte Jr., award-winning teacher, scholar and director of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion, has been named Robert W. Woodruff Professor of Law at Emory School of Law.

An internationally recognized legal historian and expert on Christian jurisprudence, marriage and family law, religious liberty and human rights, Witte joined the Emory faculty in 1985 and has directed the Center since 1987.

"The Woodruff professors are more than teachers and scholars of distinction; they serve a broad constituency that transcends individual departments and programs," says Emory Provost Claire Sterk. “As a leading authority on law and religion with an impressive body of scholarship, professor Witte has earned a place among Emory's most distinguished faculty.”

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