An (ecclesiastical) law glossary

The Prayer Book Society (PBS) has announced that first-year students in theological colleges across the country are to receive a brand new glossary to assist their understanding of The Book of Common Prayer which is handed to them by the PBS at the start of their studies.  Continue reading

Westminster Law School, Law and Religion Cluster launch: The Place of Religion in Secular Society

In this guest post, Sylvie Bacquet, Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Westminster, reports on the launch of the University’s new Law and Religion Cluster.

On Tuesday 28 February 2017, the Westminster Law School celebrated the beginning of a new Law and Religion venture with the launch of the Law and Religion Research Cluster. The Law and Religion Cluster was set up in response to a growing interest in the topic and an appetite for debates from both students and academic staff. Continue reading

The House of Lords and “religious literacy”

In a brief exchange in the House of Lords this morning, Lord Singh of Wimbledon (CB) asked Her Majesty’s Government “what steps they are taking to combat religious extremism and to promote a cohesive society by enhancing religious literacy at all levels of government”.

The Minister of State at the Home Office (Baroness Williams of Trafford) (Con) replied: “My Lords, the Government are challenging all forms of extremism through our counter-extremism and Prevent programmes. We are working closely with faith groups to understand the impact of policies and to improve religious literacy in government. The Home Secretary and the Communities Secretary hosted a round table for representatives of all faiths last November”. Continue reading

New publication: The Confluence of Law and Religion

For more than a quarter of a century Professor Norman Doe has been in the forefront of the study confluenceand teaching of ecclesiastical law and the constitutional position of church and state. The extent and breadth of his published work is well known to scholars in both these fields and, as founder and director of the Centre for Law and Religion at its School of Law and Politics, he has put Cardiff on the map as a leading research centre as well as teaching pioneering courses on law and religion. He has revived the teaching of canon law in England and Wales, which had been dormant since its prohibition at the time of the Reformation.

This week sees Norman’s accomplishments recognised in the publication by Cambridge University Press of a collection of essays: The Confluence of Law and Religion: Interdisciplinary Reflections on the Work of Norman Doe, edited by Mark Hill, Celia Kenny, Russell Sandberg – and me. Its publication also marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Cardiff LLM in Canon Law. Continue reading

New law & religion series from Brill

Brill of Leiden is launching a new monograph series: Brill Research Perspectives in Law and Religion. It is to consist of high-quality studies of the regulation of religion in society and the regulation of the internal life of religious traditions, aimed at academics, researchers, practitioners, policy-makers, educators, and graduate and undergraduate students. Each issue will consist of a single article of 50-100 pages and will be available as a book in both print and electronic format.

The Editor-in-Chief is Norman Doe and the Cardiff Centre for Law & Religion is heavily represented on the Editorial Board. Papers should be submitted in English and will be double-blind peer-reviewed. Further details from Norman:


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The Government’s new counter-extremism strategy: a summary

The Government introduced a new counter-extremism strategy on 19 October. The Government had previously introduced a new statutory Prevent duty in order that all local authorities, schools, universities and colleges, NHS Trusts and Foundation Trusts, police, probation services and prisons should be clear that they must take action to prevent people being drawn into terrorism [38].

According to the new announcement, the counter-extremism strategy builds on that work; but it also recognises that the need to go further:

“We must counter the ideology of non-violent and violent extremists alike. We must continue our efforts to tackle neo-Nazi as well as Islamist extremism and respond better to the growing problems of hate crime in our communities. Just as important is addressing the underlying problem of segregated and isolated communities that can provide an environment in which extremism can take root” [39]. Continue reading