DSCN0869 (2)M. Christian Green is a scholar, teacher, researcher, writer, and editor working in the fields of law, religion, ethics, human rights, and global affairs.  She holds degrees from Georgetown University in history and government, Emory University in law and theology, and the University of Chicago in religious ethics. Her research interests include law and religion, human rights, religious freedom, religion and world affairs, and global ethics.

Research & Teaching:   Green has been a researcher at the Religion, Culture, and Family Project at the University of Chicago, the Park Ridge Center for the Study of Health, Faith, and Ethics in Chicago, and the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University. At the CSLR she directed research on Africa and Europe for the “Law, Religion, and Human Rights” project and was the principal investigator and blog and website editor for the project on “Sharia, Family, and Democracy: Religious Norms and Family Law in Pluralistic Democratic States.” During the 2010-2011 academic year, she was a visiting research fellow at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame, conducting research on “Religion, Rights, and Recognition of Identity.” She has taught at DePaul University, Harvard Divinity School, and the Candler School of Theology.

Current Projects: Green is currently research director for law, religion, and human rights at the Center for the Study of Law and Religion, a general co-editor and special editor for the Journal of Law and Religion, editor and publications manager for the African Consortium for Law and Religion Studies (ACLARS) and served from 2016-2018 academic consultant and social media editor for the Commonwealth Initiative on Freedom of Religion or Belief (CIFoRB).

Recent Publications:

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JUST PUBLISHED!!! Law, Religion, and Religious Minorities: Reflections on International Human Rights Law and Global Islam,” Minority Religions under Irish Law (Brill, May 2019), 7-33.

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JUST PUBLISHED!!! M. Christian Green (ed), Law, Religion and Human Flourishing in Africa (AFRICAN SUN MeDIA, May 19, 2019).

JCS coverJUST PUBLISHED!!! Review of Daniel Philpott and Timothy Samuel Shah, Under Caesar’s Sword: How Christians Respond to Persecution (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2018), Journal of Church & State 61(2): 308-310.

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With Monica Duffy Toft. “Progress on Freedom of Religion or Belief?: An Analysis of European and North American Parliamentary Initiatives,” Review of Faith & International Affairs, 16:4 (December 2018): 4-18.

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With Monica Duffy Toft. “Freedom of Religion Across the Commonwealth: Hard Cases, Diverse Approaches,” Review of Faith & International Affairs, 16:4 (December 2018):19-33.

Coming Soon:


“Law,” in The Encyclopedia of Religious Ethics, William Schweiker et al. (eds.) (Wiley-Blackwell, forthcoming)