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. 

Regarding the COVID-19 Pandemic

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CSLR faculty, staff, and fellows are following Emory University’s guidelines for remote learning and social distancing in light of the COVID-19/coronavirus pandemic. If you need to contact a CSLR faculty member or employee, please refer to the contact information listed here. Note that response times may be longer than usual.

Although the present circumstances have impacted our Center’s work in many ways, we are undeterred in the pursuit of our mission to produce path-breaking scholarship, teaching, and public programs on the interaction of law and religion around the world. During these challenging times, we are redoubling our efforts to develop new forms and forums of digital scholarship in the field of law and religion. Our new online publication, Canopy Forum, is growing rapidly and delivering expert analysis to thousands of readers in more than sixty countries – including new and forthcoming articles about the intersections of law, religion, and public health. Our flagship Journal of Law and Religion has just published a new issue with articles and essays by leading scholars. Our faculty and fellows are creating new models of online teaching and research.

We thank our students, colleagues, and collaborators for their flexibility, compassion, and resolve in the face of this public health crisis. And we send our prayers and best wishes to all those whose lives and livelihoods are affected by the coronavirus.


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.

Canopy Forum releases February series on Law and Forgiveness

Each month Canopy Forum publishes thematic series addressing issues at the intersection of law and religion from a range of perspectives. These series explore current concerns through a series of essays published over the course of several days or weeks, and aim to spark further conversations among our readers.

This past February, Canopy Forum explored the intersection of law and forgiveness in American law from a variety of religious perspectives. Nathan Chapman and Robert Fastiggi offer two distinct perspectives on the role forgiveness plays in Christian theology and jurisprudence. Hassan Shahawy discusses how concerns for mercy and forgiveness have contributed to Islamic law’s preference for mercy and reconciliation between disputing parties, rather than the strict enforcement of legal norms. Finally, Michael Broyde and Samuel Levine offer two Jewish law perspectives on the jurisprudence of forgiveness: Levine focuses on the theology of teshuva (repentance), and Broyde emphasizes Jewish law’s concern for holding dangerous wrongdoers accountable for their harmful conduct.


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Student Resources

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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Video Spotlight: Public Health and the Jewish Tradition

Michael J. Broyde sat down on March 18, 2020 to discuss public health and the Jewish tradition in the midst of the unfolding COVID-19 pandemic. Among other things, he discusses the relationship between public health experts and religious authorities, the difference between one's duties to self and community, and what the Jewish tradition can offer in times of public health emergencies.

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Alonzo McDonald Passes Away at 91

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. “The world has lost one of its great leaders of church, state, society, and economy,” Witte said. “We join his extended family and global network of friends both in mourning Al McDonald’s death and in celebrating his remarkable life of faith and works. We will sorely miss his deep wisdom, generosity, tenacity, discipline, and integrity – and his incisive and insightful questions at our conferences. The saints in heaven have just met their match.”

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