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Christianity and Global Law

1st Edition

Edited by Rafael Domingo, John Witte, Jr.


428 pages

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This book explores both historical and contemporary Christian sources and dimensions of global law and includes critical perspectives from various religious and philosophical traditions.

Two dozen leading scholars discuss the constituent principles of this new global legal order historically, comparatively, and currently. The first part uses a historical-biographical approach to study a few of the major Christian architects of global law and transnational legal theory, from St. Paul to Jacques Maritain. The second part distills the deep Christian sources and dimensions of the main principles of global law, historically and today, separating out the distinct Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox Christian contributions as appropriate. Finally, the authors address a number of pressing global issues and challenges, where a Christian-informed legal perspective can and should have deep purchase and influence. The work makes no claim that Christianity is the only historical shaper of global law, nor that it should monopolize the theory and practice of global law today. But the book does insist that Christianity, as one of the world’s great religions, has deep norms and practices, ideas and institutions, prophets and procedures that can be of benefit as the world struggles to find global legal resources to confront humanity’s greatest challenges.

The volume will be an essential resource for academics and researchers working in the areas of law and religion, transnational law, legal philosophy, and legal history.

Table of Contents


Rafael Domingo and John Witte, Jr.

Part 1: Historical-biographical approach

1 St. Paul and the moral law

C. Kavin Rowe

2 Augustine and the common good

Josef Lössl

3 Thomas Aquinas: definitions and vocabulary in his Treatise on Law

Charles J. Reid, Jr.

4 Francisco de Vitoria and the global commonwealth

Andreas Wagner

5 Francisco Suárez on the law of nations and just war

Henrik Lagerlund

6 Alberico Gentili and the secularization of the law of nations

Rafael Domingo and Giovanni Minnucci

7 Johannes Althusius and the universal rule of natural laws and rights

John Witte, Jr.

8 Hugo Grotius and the aking of modern natural law

Jon Miller

9 Kant’s Religion and Perpetual Peace

Lawrence Pasternack

10 Jacques Maritain and the Universal Declaration of HumanRights

William Sweet

11 Robert Schuman and the process of European integration

Rafael Domingo

Part 2: Structural principles of global governance

12 Christianity and the global rule of law

Neil Walker

13 Christianity and the principle of dignity

Martin Schlag

14 Christianity and the principle of equality in global law

Julian Rivers

15 The principle of the common good

George Duke

16 Christianity, sovereignty, and global law

Nicholas Aroney

17 Christianity and the principle of solidarity

Ana Marta González

18 Christianity and the principle of subsidiarity

Thomas C. Kohler

Part 3: Global issues and global public goods

19 Christianity and human rights

Samuel Moyn

20 Christianity and the international economic order

Daniel A. Crane

21 Christianity and a global law for migration

Silas W. Allard

22 Christianity, global environmental protection, and animal law

Mark Somos and Anne Peters

23 Christianity and the use of force: Lex and Pax Christi

Mary Ellen O’Connell

24 Christianity and international criminal law

Johan D. van der Vyver

About the Editors

Rafael Domingo is the Spruill Family Professor of Law and Religion at Emory University, USA, and Alvaro d’Ors Professor of Law at the University of Navarra, Spain.

John Witte, Jr. is Robert W. Woodruff University Professor, McDonald Distinguished Professor of Religion, and Director of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University, USA.

About the Series

Law and Religion

The practice of religion by individuals and groups, the rise of religious diversity, and the fear of religious extremism, raise profound questions for the interaction between law and religion in society. The regulatory systems involved, the religion laws of secular government (national and international) and the religious laws of faith communities, are valuable tools for our understanding of the dynamics of mutual accommodation and the analysis and resolution of issues in such areas as: religious freedom; discrimination; the autonomy of religious organisations; doctrine, worship and religious symbols; the property and finances of religion; religion, education and public institutions; and religion, marriage and children. In this series, scholars at the forefront of law and religion contribute to the debates in this area. The books in the series are analytical with a key target audience of scholars and practitioners, including lawyers, religious leaders, and others with an interest in this rapidly developing discipline.

Series Editor

Professor Norman Doe is Director of the Centre for Law and Religion, which he set up at Cardiff Law School in 1998.

Editorial Board

Carmen Asiaín is a Law Professor at University of Montevideo (Uruguay).

Paul Babie is Professor and Associate Dean (International), Adelaide Law School. 

Pieter Coertzen is the chairperson of the Unit for the Study of Law and Religion in the Beyers Naudé Center for Public Theology, Faculty of Theology, University of Stellenbosch.  

Alison Mawhinney is a Reader in Law at Bangor University.

Michael John Perry is a Senior Fellow at Emory University’s Center for the Study of Law and Religion and has held a Robert W. Woodruff University Chair there since 2003.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Social History
LAW / General
LAW / Civil Rights
LAW / International
LAW / Jurisprudence
LAW / Legal History
LAW / Public
LAW / Government / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Civil Rights
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Human Rights
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / International
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / Judicial Branch
RELIGION / Christianity / History
RELIGION / History
RELIGION / Christian Church / History
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology of Religion