In recent years, issues of freedom of religion or belief and state-religion relations have become increasingly important worldwide. While some works have treated such issues regionally, the Encyclopedia of Law and Religion is unique in its breadth, covering all independent nations and jurisdictions as well as the major international organizations, treating the relation between law and religion in its various aspects, including those related to the role of religion in society, the relations between religion and state institutions, freedom of religion, legal aspects of religious traditions, the interaction between law and religion, and other issues at the junction of law, religion, and state.
Offered online and as a five-volume print set – Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, Oceania, Special Territories, International Organizations and Index – this work is a valuable resource for religious and legal scholars alike. Each article provides the following information for the broadest comparative advantage:
• Social facts;
• Historical background;
• Position of religion in the legal system;
• Individual religious freedom;
• Legal status of religious communities;
• Right of autonomy;
• Active religious communities and cultures;
• Labour law within religious communities;
• Religious assistance in public institutions;
• Legal position of religious personnel and members of religious orders;
• Matrimonial and familial laws;
• Religious and criminal laws; and
• Country-specific issues.
Gerhard Robbers, Prof. Dr., Professor Emeritus of Public Law, University of Trier. Formerly Minister of Justice and for Consumer Protection of Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. He has published several monographs and many articles in the field of law and religion as well as in other areas.
W. Cole Durham, Jr., JD Harvard University 1975, Susa Young Gates University Professor of Law Brigham Young University, Founding Director of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies, President International Consortium for Law and Religion Studies, is widely published.
Donlu Thayer, M.A., J.D., is Senior Editor, International Center for Law and Religion Studies, and Associate Editor, Oxford Journal of Law and Religion. She has been a high-conflict and family mediator and had a long career as a writer, editor, and University Lecturer.
The primary audience includes scholars, advanced students, and legal practitioners, and a wider audience among, for instance, policy makers and journalists.