As of 2021, Brill Research Perspectives in Law and Religion is no longer published as a journal by Brill, but will continue as a book series. Legal issues concerning religion increasingly make the news headlines these days. As a result, the intersection of law and religion is today an established but growing field of scholarship worldwide. Just as the bourgeoning field whose name it shares,
Brill Research Perspectives in Law and Religion seeks to better understand how the phenomena of law and religion interact and to stimulate practical debate on the diverse range of issues involved. The place of religion in society, religious pluralism, the fear of religious extremism, and the terms and limits of religious freedom generate a host of important questions on the interface of law and religion.
In response, law and religion scholars themselves recognise the need for interdisciplinary approaches to this developing field. Secular laws on religion, at the international and national levels, as well as their historical, political, philosophical, sociological, and comparative analysis, all form part of the canon of law and religion. Alongside these are the religious laws and other regulatory entities of religious traditions and organisations, all shaped by their distinct theological postures.
Brill Research Perspectives in Law and Religion encourages the publication of studies of the highest quality, for scholarly analysis and for public debate, associated with the regulation of religion in society and the regulation of the internal life of religious traditions. Its primary readership includes academics, researchers, practitioners, policy makers, educators, and graduate and undergraduate students.
Each issue consists of one uniquely focused article of 50-100 pages. To facilitate the efforts of researchers and educators alike, each journal issue will also be available as a book in both print and electronic format.
Brill Research Perspectives in Law and Religion is published in close cooperation with the Cardiff University Centre for Law and Religion.
The editor of
Brill Research Perspectives in Law and Religion invites proposals for review articles fitting the scope of the journal. More information on the general scope of the
Brill Research Perspectives line of journals can be found
here. Proposals may be sent to
Irene van Rossum at Brill or to the Editor-in-Chief.
Editor-in-Chief Norman Doe,
Centre for Law and Religion, Cardiff University, UK
Associate Editors Paul Colton, Centre for Law and Religion, School of Law and Politics, Cardiff University, UK
Frank Cranmer, Centre for Law and Religion, School of Law and Politics, Cardiff University, UK
Alessandro Ferrari, Department of Law, University of Insubria, Italy
Mark Hill, Centre for Law and Religion, School of Law and Politics, Cardiff University, UK
Miguel Rodríguez Blanco, School of Law, University of Alcala de Henares, Spain
Russell Sandberg, Centre for Law and Religion, School of Law and Politics, Cardiff University, UK
Leon Van den Broeke, Centre for Law and Religion, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Norman Doe is a professor at Cardiff University Law School. He studied at Cardiff, Cambridge, and Oxford universities and is a barrister. His books include studies on medieval law (1990), Anglican canon law (1998), law and religion in Europe (2011), and Christian law (2013). A visiting professor at Paris University and KU Leuven, he has been a visiting scholar at Trinity College and Corpus Christi College Oxford, and he has acted as a consultant on canon law to the Anglican Communion, served on the Lambeth Commission (2003-2004), and is Chancellor of the Diocese of Bangor (in the Church in Wales).