Welcome to our new website! Please check back later for the full experience.

Georgetown backdrop

Law and Religion

Blind Lady Justice Holding Scales

In our pluralistic world, a variety of oft-conflicting perspectives informs our understanding of moral and political ideas of justice. Additionally, legal cases increasingly span across borders and involve participants with no shared tradition, creating tensions that reflect fundamental moral conflicts. These resources explore how religion grounds, shapes, and conflicts with our legal systems.

Our Experts

Michael Kessler headshot

Michael Kessler

Managing Director
Department of Government and Law Center

Law and Religion A-Z Subtopics

Narrow your search for Religion and Development content by selecting from this list of subtopics

Blog Posts

Publications

Report April 20, 2016

Blasphemy Laws as a Challenge to Religious Freedom

On April 20, 2016, the Religious Freedom Project hosted a conference to explore an emerging and urgent challenge to religious freedom: blasphemy laws. Although they are ostensibly intended to protect majority religions from criticism, these laws can in fact harm the majority religion and broader society by discriminating against disfavored members of the majority, oppressing and alienating…

Videos

July 28, 2015

Natural Law: A Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Trialogue (Video)

Duration: 1 hours 19 minutes

October 1, 2012

Contraception and Conscience: The Legal Challenges to the HHS Contraception Rule (Video)

Duration: 1 hours 43 minutes

October 1, 2012

Islamic Law (Shari'a) and U.S. Foreign Policy (Part 1) (Video)

Duration: 1 hours 51 minutes