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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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Christianity and Private Law

Christianity and Private Law

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Robert F. Cochran, Jr, Michael P. Moreland
November 23, 2020

This volume examines the relationship between Christian legal theory and the fields of private law. Recent years have seen a resurgence of interest in private law theory, and this book contributes to that discussion by drawing on the historical, theological, and philosophical resources of the ...

Law and The Christian Tradition in Scandinavia The Writings of Great Nordic Jurists

Law and The Christian Tradition in Scandinavia The Writings of Great Nordic Jurists

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Kjell Å Modéer, Helle Vogt
October 09, 2020

This book presents a comprehensive history of law and religion in the Nordic context. The entwinement of law and religion in Scandinavia encompasses an unusual history, not widely known, yet important for its impact on contemporary political and international relations in the region. The volume ...

Church Laws and Ecumenism A New Path for Christian Unity

Church Laws and Ecumenism A New Path for Christian Unity

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Norman Doe
September 28, 2020

Written by experts from within their communities, this book compares the legal regimes of Christian churches as systems of religious law. The ecumenical movement, with its historical theological focus, has failed to date to address the role of church law in shaping relations between churches and ...

Law and the Christian Tradition in Italy The Legacy of the Great Jurists

Law and the Christian Tradition in Italy The Legacy of the Great Jurists

1st Edition

Orazio Condorelli, Rafael Domingo
July 03, 2020

Firmly rooted on Roman and canon law, Italian legal culture has had an impressive influence on the civil law tradition from the Middle Ages to present day, and it is rightly regarded as "the cradle of the European legal culture." Along with Justinian’s compilation, the US Constitution, and the ...

Christianity and Criminal Law

Christianity and Criminal Law

1st Edition

Mark Hill QC, Norman Doe, RH Helmholz, John Witte, Jr.
June 10, 2020

This collection, by leading legal scholars, judges and practitioners, together with theologians and church historians, presents historical, theological, philosophical and legal perspectives on Christianity and criminal law.  Following a Preface by Lord Judge, formerly Lord Chief Justice of England ...

Christianity and Global Law

Christianity and Global Law

1st Edition

Rafael Domingo, John Witte, Jr.
April 16, 2020

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, ...

Religious Symbols and the Intervention of the Law Symbolic Functionality in Pluralist States

Religious Symbols and the Intervention of the Law Symbolic Functionality in Pluralist States

1st Edition

Sylvie Bacquet
June 25, 2019

In contemporary pluralist states, where faith communities live together, different religious symbols and practices have to coexist. This may lead to conflicts between certain minority practices and the dominant majority, particularly around the manifestation of belief in the public domain which may...

Constitutionalism, Democracy and Religious Freedom To be Fully Human

Constitutionalism, Democracy and Religious Freedom To be Fully Human

1st Edition

Hans-Martien ten Napel
March 21, 2019

In both Europe and North America it can be argued that the associational and institutional dimensions of the right to freedom of religion or belief are increasingly coming under pressure. This book demonstrates why a more classical understanding of the idea of a liberal democracy can allow for ...

The Genealogy of Terror How to distinguish between Islam, Islamism and Islamist Extremism

The Genealogy of Terror How to distinguish between Islam, Islamism and Islamist Extremism

1st Edition

Matthew L. N. Wilkinson
September 17, 2018

In the first two decades of the twenty-first century, the events of 9/11, 7/7, the War on Terror and the Caliphate and atrocities of the so-called Islamic State have dominated Western consciousness and wreaked havoc in parts of the Muslim-majority world. In their wake, a spate of books has been ...

Ecclesiastical Law, Clergy and Laity A History of Legal Discipline and the Anglican Church

Ecclesiastical Law, Clergy and Laity A History of Legal Discipline and the Anglican Church

1st Edition

Neil Sydney Patterson
September 13, 2018

Discipline in an ecclesiastical context can be defined as the power of a church to maintain order among its members on issues of morals or doctrine. This book presents a scholarly engagement with the way in which legal discipline has evolved within the Church of England since 1688. It explores how ...

State and Religion The Australian Story

State and Religion The Australian Story

1st Edition

Renae Barker
August 28, 2018

With its increasingly secular and religiously diverse population Australia faces many challenges in determining how the state and religion should interact. Australia is not unique in facing these challenges. States worldwide, including common law countries with shared legal and religious heritages,...

Law, Religion and Love Seeking Ecumenical Justice for the Other

Law, Religion and Love Seeking Ecumenical Justice for the Other

1st Edition

Paul Babie, Vanja-Ivan Savić
September 04, 2017

Increasingly, the modern neo-liberal world marginalises any notion of religion or spirituality, leaving little or no room for the sacred in the public sphere. While this process advances, the conservative and harmful behaviours associated with some religions and their adherents exacerbate this ...

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