Law, Religion, and Human Rights
This project consisted of five roundtable conferences of 12 to 15 scholars who discussed new books in law and religion. Michael J. Perry was project director. In 2004, scholars discussed Divine Justice, by Nicholas P. Wolterstorff; in 2005, scholars discussed Toward a Theory of Human Rights, by Michael J. Perry; In 2006, scholars discussed Political Agapism, by Timothy P. Jackson; in 2007, scholars discussed Islam and the Secular State: Negotiating the Future of Shari'a, by Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na-im; and in 2008, scholars discussed religious and moral freedom.
This multidisciplinary project analyzed how liberal societies and religion affect each other and the political implications of this interaction. J. Judd Owen directed the project.
This project explored the sources of the Christian and Enlightenment sources of American constitutionalism in the 18th century. Frank S. Alexander and John Witte, Jr. were directors. The Georgia Bar Foundation and Harold J. Berman sponsored this project, which yielded a conference in 1988 with 20 speakers and 250 participants and the article "A Symposium on Religious Dimensions of American Constitutionalism," Emory Law Journal 39 (1990): 1 - 266. Additional articles included "From Establishment to Freedom of Public Religion," by John Witte, Jr., Capital University Law Review, Vol. 32, No. 3 (2003): 499-518; "Legal Limitations to Freedom of Religion or Belief in School Education," Emory International Law Review, Vol. 19 (2005): 557-586; and "Republic and Liberal State: The Place of Religion in an Ambiguous Polity," Emory Law Journal, Vol. 39 (1990): 191-202.
This project analyzed the past, present, and potential contributions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam to the cultivation and protection of human rights, particularly religious rights and liberties, in international law and in various nation-states in the Americas, Africa, Europe, and Russia. Directed by Johan D. van der Vyver and John Witte, Jr., this project was sponsored by the Pew Charitable Trusts. It produced seven roundtable conferences between 1991 and 1993 in Atlanta, Mexico City, Oxford, Dakar, Cape Town, Budapest, and Dresden, as well as an international conference in Atlanta in 1994, which included 46 speakers and had 750 participants. The project also yielded one book: Spiritual Weapons: The Cold War and the Forging of an American National Religion (Praeger Publishers, 2008), by T. Jeremy Gunn.
This project analyzed the eroding protections of religious liberty in post-glasnost Russia, particularly for religious minorities and foreign faiths. The projecgt was directed by Ernst van Eeghen, World Council of Churches, and W. Cole Durham, Jr., Brigham Young University, with Harold J. Berman and John Witte, Jr. participating. The DeBurght Conference was a sponsor. The project included a roundtable conference in 1994 in Berkenrode, The Netherlands and three articles: "The Future of Religious Liberty in Russia: Report of the De Burght Conference on Pending Russian Legislation Restricting Religious Liberty," by John Witte, Jr., Lauren B. Homer, Pieter van Dijk, and W. Cole Durham, Jr., Emory International Law Review, Vol. 8 (1994): 1-66; "Liberte de religion et confessionnalite. Les projects de revision de la loi de 1990 dansla Federation de Russie," by W. Cole Durham, Jr., Praxis Juridique et Religion, Vol. 14 (1997): 3-84; and "Russia's 1997 Law on Freedom of Conscience and Religious Associations: An Analytical Appraisal," by Lauren B. Homer and W. Cole Durham, Jr., Emory International Law Review, Vol. 12 (1998): 101-246
This project was an empirical and normative study of the new war for souls breaking out in various new democracies of the world between and among indigenous faiths and foreign proselytizing faiths. Directed by Johan D. van der Vyver and John Witte, Jr., this project was sponsored by the Pew Charitable Trusts, with co-sponsorship from the Keston Institute of Oxford and the Department of Latin American Studies at Princeton University. This project yielded regional conferences in Atlanta (1995, 1997), Oxford, (1995-1997), Mexico City (1995), Budapest (1995), Dakar (1996), Cape Town (1996), Dresden (1996), Moscow (1997), and Princeton (1997).