Law and religion is the interdisciplinary study of relationships between law, especially public law, and religion. Many departments and centers have been created around the world during the last decades.

Scholars in the field are not only focused on strictly legal issues about religious freedom or non establishment but also on the study of religions as they are qualified through judicial discourses or legal understanding on religious phenomena. Exponents look at canon law, natural law, and state law, often in comparative perspective.

Specialists have explored themes in western history regarding Christianity and justice and mercy, rule and equity, discipline and love. Common topics of interest include marriage and the family, and human rights.

Aside from Christianity, scholars have looked at connections between the Quran in the Muslim Middle East, Asian ancestral religions, occult altercations, pagan Rome and any realm in which religious beliefs form the basis of or contradict governmental law.

Within Christianity, studies range from textual analysis of early Christians' relationship with Jewish law, the effect of law on the Protestant Reformation, and modern day issues like homosexual unions, the ordination of women to the diaconate and priesthood, and conscientious objection to war.

There are also many cases from the European Court of Human Rights related to the subject of religion. In our Education Law platform you can also find a lot of information about Religion and Education.

Recent publications:

Central Asia: A Soviet Legacy of Religious Persecution

Vitaliy V. Proshak and Evgeny Grechko
Mission Eurasia, Religious Freedom Initiative
Editorship and publication with support of Stichting De Honderd
Gulden Reis, Amsterdam
ISBN: 9789462404526

In the early 1990s, the former Soviet republics became independent states. The years following independence were a time of significant political reform, of re-arrangement of political elites, and the adoption of new legal texts, norms and values corresponding to the new socio-economicpolitical situation. Post-Soviet countries also began the process of active integration into the system of international relations, of establishing sovereign diplomatic relations, and adhering to international political and economic unions, conventions and treaties. In this publication, authors highlight the main problems and challenges to freedom of religion, expression, association and to the religious dimension of education in the five post-Soviet Central Asian states: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

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Religion, state, society and identity in transition Ukraine

Rob van der Laarse, Mykhailo N. Cherenkov, Vitaliy V. Proshak, and Tetiana Mykhalchuk, eds.
ISBN (softcover) : 9789462402652

Overheid en Godsdienst

Herijking van een onderlinge relatie
S.C. van Bijsterveld
ISBN (softcover) : 9789058504524

Religious and Ideological Rights in Education
Judicial Perspectives from 32 Legal Systems
Pablo Meix Cereceda & Jan de Groof (eds.)
ISBN (softcover) : 9789462404069

Religion, Law and Education:
Tensions and Perspectives
Jan de Groof, Georgia du Plessis and Maria Smirnova (eds.)
ISBN (softcover) : 9789462404113

Migration and Religious Freedom
Essays on the interaction between religious duty and migration law
Carolus Grütters and Dario Dzananovic (eds.)
ISBN (softcover) : 9789462404656

De geest van Christus leeft in Europa
F.A.M. Alting von Geusau
ISBN (softcover) : 9789058509901