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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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.

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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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CSLR Talks

CSLR Talks presents TED-style scholarship on law and religion

Five leading scholars challenge common assumptions about law and religion in 15-minute talks about women's rights, taxation, race, nationalism, and religious freedom.

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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

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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Philip L. Reynolds wins Haskins Medal for book on marriage

Philip Reynolds is the winner of the 2019 Haskins Medal from the Medieval Academy of America for his book How Marriage Became One of the Sacraments.

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Witte to deliver 2020 Gifford Lectures

John Witte Jr. has been invited as a Gifford Lecturer for 2020, a celebratory year that marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Scottish jurist Adam Lord Gifford, founder of the esteemed lecture series begun in 1888. The Gifford Lectures are considered among the world’s most prestigious academic forums on religion, philosophy, and theology.

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Douglas Laycock completes five volumes on religious liberty

Douglas Laycock has completed his comprehensive treatment of religious liberty in five volumes published in the Emory University Studies in Law and Religion Series at Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

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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.