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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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 here

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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.

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Wamwara

Apply to deliver one of the 2019 "CSLR Talks"

CSLR Talks make innovative, interdisciplinary scholarship accessible to the public. The Center seeks emerging and established scholars in the field(s) of law and religion, broadly defined, to present their research in a TED-talk style format in the Spring of 2019. Scholars from any academic discipline may present on any topic related to the study of law and religion. Up to six individuals or teams will be selected from the pool of applicants to present their research.
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Witte Portrait

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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Laycock

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.