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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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Law and the Christian Tradition in Modern Russia

Law and the Christian Tradition in Modern Russia

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Edited By Paul Valliere, Randall A. Poole
September 17, 2021

This book, authored by an international group of scholars, focuses on a vibrant central current within the history of Russian legal thought: how Christianity, and theistic belief generally, has inspired the aspiration to the rule of law in Russia, informed Russian philosophies of law, and shaped ...

Christianity and the Law of Migration

Christianity and the Law of Migration

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Edited By Silas W. Allard, Kristin E. Heyer, Raj Nadella
September 06, 2021

This collection brings together legal scholars and Christian theologians for an interdisciplinary conversation responding to the challenges of global migration. Gathering fourteen leading scholars from both law and Christian theology, the book covers legal perspectives, theological perspectives, ...

Labour Rights and the Catholic Church The International Labour Organisation, the Holy See and Catholic Social Teaching

Labour Rights and the Catholic Church: The International Labour Organisation, the Holy See and Catholic Social Teaching

1st Edition

By Paul Beckett
April 13, 2021

This book explores the extent of parallelism and cross-influence between Catholic Social Teaching and the work of the world’s oldest human rights institution, the International Labour Organisation (ILO). Sometimes there is a mutual attraction between seeming opposites who in fact share a common ...

Law and Christianity in Latin America The Work of Great Jurists

Law and Christianity in Latin America: The Work of Great Jurists

1st Edition

Edited By M.C. Mirow, Rafael Domingo
March 09, 2021

This volume examines the lives of more than thirty-five key personalities in Latin American law with a focus on how their Christian faith was a factor in molding the evolution of law in their countries and the region. The book is a significant contribution to our ability to understand the work and...

Tax Law, Religion, and Justice An Exploration of Theological Reflections on Taxation

Tax Law, Religion, and Justice: An Exploration of Theological Reflections on Taxation

1st Edition

By Allen Calhoun
March 09, 2021

This book asks why tax policy is both attracted to and repelled by the idea of justice. Accepting the invitation of economist Henry Simons to acknowledge that tax justice is a theological concept, the work explores theological doctrines of taxation to answer the presenting question. The overall ...

Christianity and Private Law

Christianity and Private Law

1st Edition

Edited By 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

Edited By 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

Edited By 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 ...

Christianity and Criminal Law

Christianity and Criminal Law

1st Edition

Edited By Mark Hill QC, Norman Doe, RH Helmholz, John Witte, Jr.
July 17, 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 ...

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

Edited By 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 Global Law

Christianity and Global Law

1st Edition

Edited By Rafael Domingo, John Witte, Jr.
April 15, 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

By Sylvie Bacquet
July 02, 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...

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