Law and Religion Research Group

The members of the Law and Religion Research Group are engaged in research which explores: 

  • The complex interaction between law and religion in the context of constitutional law and private law (from a comparative perspective) and public international law;
  • The religious rights discourse within the context of domestic and international law;
  • The cultural impact of religious and philosophical paradigms on the shape and scope of domestic and international legal frameworks dealing with religion. 
  • The normative development and enforcement strategies in the complex and multi-vectored area of law and religion·  

The Group provides a forum for discussion, advice and support for staff and students, including our doctoral students. It also organises conferences, research seminars and workshops aiming to promote knowledge-sharing between academics and practitioners in the following areas of law:

Canon Law, Ecclesiastical Law, Islamic Law and Islamic Finance, Jewish Law, International Law, Religion and the State, Employment Law, Civil Law, Criminal Law, Constitutional Law, Legal History, Legal Theory

Call for Papers Journal of Islamic State Practice in International Law(JISPIL)

The Journal of Islamic State Practice in International Law (JISPIL) is pleased to announce a Call for Papers for its June 2015 edition. JISPIL is a peer reviewed electronic journal (available at:

International Working Group on Child Law, Max Planck Institute of Comparative and Private International Law

Dr Ayesha Shahid has been appointed as National Co-ordinator for Pakistan to write a country report on "Incorporating 'Best Interest of the Child Principle' in Custody and Guardianship Cases", for the Max Planck Institute's International Working Group on Child Law project.

Brunel Launches a Law and Religion event for the UK Mission in the UN in NY

Dr Peter Petkoff convened an event with the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief at the UN Headquarters in New York during the UN General Assembly. The event was hosted by the UK Mission in the UN and was chaired by Ambassador Peter Wilson CMG.

Website of the IG of the History of International Law of the European Society of International Law is launched

At the European Society of International Law tenth anniversary conference, the Society announced the creation of a new interest group on the history of international law. Those interested in becoming members should contact Ignacio de la Rasilla and Randall Lesaffer. The interest group's website is here:

First World War Centenary - Dr de la Rasilla's revisits the foundation of the American Society of International Law in a special journal issue

The Ambivalent Shadow of the Pre-Wilsonian Rise of International Law is forthcoming in special issue on “The Great War and Law - The Lasting Effects of World War I on the Development of Law” 7 Erasmus Law Review 2 (2014):

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