Law, Religion, & Human Rights

WORK EXPERIENCE

2016-Present, Center for the Study of Law and Religion/Journal of Law and Religion,            Atlanta, Georgia (Senior Editor) Serving as Special Content Editor and a General Co-Editor of the Journal of Law and Religion, responsible for symposium issues, book review symposia and roundtables, and other special projects. Also serving as a researcher, writer, and editor on the CSLR’s projects on religious freedom, including work on amicus briefs, law review articles, and white papers on emerging topics related to religious freedom and law, religion, and state.

2016-Present, Commonwealth Initiative for Freedom of Religion and Belief(CIFoRB), Edward Cadbury Centre for the Public Understanding of Religion, Department of Theology and Religion, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom (Social Media Consultant). Maintaining the project’s Twitter feed and blog, providing writing and editorial work on the project blog and other project documents and publications, and assisting in grantwriting for research funding to empower parliamentarians to support freedom of religion or belief.

2013-Present,  African Consortium for Law and Religion Studies, University of Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch, South Africa (Editor and Publications Manager). Presented independent research on religion, constitutional reform, Muslim-Christian relations, and the use of social media to prevent religious, political, and social hostilities in Kenya, Tanzania, and Zambia, at the first international conference of the African Consortium for Law and Religion Studies (ACLARS), “Law and Religion in Africa: Comparative Practices, Experiences, and Prospects,” at the University of Ghana in 2013. Invited to serve as Publications Manager on the Publications Committee and to edit Ghana 2013 conference papers for publication in the African Human Rights Law Journal. Edited conference papers from the second international conference on “Law and Religion in Africa–The Quest for the Common Good,” held at the University of Stellenbosch in Stellenbosch, South Africa in 2014; the third international conference on “Religious Freedom and Religious Pluralism in Africa—Prospects and Limitations” convened with the University of Namibia in Windhoek, Namibia in 2015; and the fourth international conference on “Religious Pluralism, Heritage and Social Development in Africa,” convened with Addis Ababa University in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 2016, all published as scholarly anthologies by SUN MeDIA Stellenbosch press. Served on the Programme Committee for the group’s Namibia 2015, Ethiopia 2016, and Morocco 2017 conferences. Currently editing papers the fifth international conference on “Law, Religion, and Security” convened with the Université Internationale de Rabat, in Rabat, Morocco in 2017.

2010-2017, Center for the Study of Law and Religion, Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, GA (Non-Resident Senior Fellow) Co-edited the volume Religion and Human Rights: An Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2012), selected as an “Outstanding Title, 2012” in religion, by CHOICE Magazine, a publication of the Association of College and Research Libraries, a division of the American Library Association. Served as Co-Principal Investigator of the project “Sharia, Family, and Democracy in Nigeria and Beyond: Religious and Legal Norms in Pluralistic Democratic States,” funded with a grant from the Social Science Research Council. Represented the CSLR at the conference “Law and Religion in Africa: Comparative Practices, Experiences, and Prospects,” convened with theInternational Center for Law and Religion Studies at the University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana. Comprehensively edited a dual-author manuscript on Christian marriage and law to be published by Cambridge University Press. Currently serving as the Senior Book Review Editor and one of six general co-editors of the Journal of Law and Religion.

2015, International Center for Law and Religion Studies, L. Reuben Clark School of Law, Brigham Young University (Senior Editor) Led a team editing the second edition of a 3,500-word treatise, titled Religious Organizations and the Law. The treatise is a comprehensive guide to federal and state law in multiple practice areas for legal practitioners working with religious organization clients. The treatise is published in a print edition by West Publishing and an online version on the Westlaw legal database. As lead writer of three revised chapters on religion and employment, led a workshop on “Religion in the Workplace: Rights and Accommodations,” at the BYU Law Religious Freedom Annual Review in 2016.

2014-2015. Center for Historic Preservation, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN (Academic Consultant) Academic Consultant and Faculty Presenter at a summer workshop on religious and civic pluralism, titled “Creating a More Perfect Union in the Bible Belt: Building Community and Cultural Understanding through the Study of Religion and Civil Society.” The workshop, designed to engage Tennessee community college instructors in incorporating religious and civic pluralism themes into their curricula, was funded with a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities’ “Bridging Cultures” initiative.

2014-2015, Tony Blair Faith Foundation, London, U.K. (Academic ConsultantServed as Academic Lead and Faculty Presenter for an executive-level, intensive training course for government officials, diplomats, and policy-makers, titled “Religion and Conflict: Practical Policy Implications,” taught January 5-10, 2015, in Pristina, Kosovo. The course was part of TBFF’s Faith & Globalisation Programme and addressed particularly questions of religion in domestic and foreign policy, religion and conflict, religious freedom, religion as a transnational force, and religious radicalization of foreign fighters in conflict situations around the world.

2010-2011, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN (Visiting Research Fellow) Research on religion, rights, and recognition of identity in Nigeria, France, the United Kingdom, and the “defamation of religions” debate at the United Nations for a manuscript in progress, titled, Religion, Rights, and Recognition of Identities: Reconciling Universal Human Rights and Religious Pluralism. Regular participant in the monthly Kroc-ROTC dialogues on war, peace, and leadership.

2007-2010, Center for the Study of Law and Religion, Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, GA (Senior Research Fellow) Led case study research on Africa and Europe for a multi-year project titled “Law, Religion, and Human Rights in International Perspective.” Co-convener of the conference “Law, Religion, and Human Rights in Africa,” in Durban, South Africa, April 30-May 3, 2008. Additional research on (1) “defamation of religions” resolutions at the United Nations, (2) global conflicts over religion, secularism, and identity, (3) theories of capabilities, recognition, and cosmopolitanism as frameworks for human rights, (4) the ethics of humanitarianism and humanitarian intervention, and (5) juridical pluralism in international family law.

 

1995, AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION OF GEORGIA, Atlanta, GA (Clinical Intern) Researched and drafted legal memoranda on a variety of issues related to civil liberties and the relationship of church and state.

1994, PROFESSOR HAROLD J. BERMAN, Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, GA (Research Assistant). Researched and translated nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Russian statutes on the relation of church and state and drafted memoranda on past and contemporary laws on religion in Russia.

1994, THE CARTER CENTER OF EMORY UNIVERSITY, Human Rights Program, Atlanta, GA (Summer Intern) Conducted legal research on human rights abuses in North and South Korea, Marielito Cuban detainees in America, and other human rights issues.

1992-1996, PROFESSOR JOHN WITTE, JR., Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, GA. Compiled multilingual bibliographies, conducted research, and edited manuscripts in the areas of religion and violence, religious human rights, the legal and social history of the Protestant Reformation, and the fundamental principles of the American constitutional law of church and state.

PUBLICATIONS

Books

Religion, Rights, and Recognition of Identities: Reconciling Universal Human Rights and Religious Pluralism (manuscript under review)

Editor with John Witte, Jr., Religion and Human Rights: An Introduction (New York: Oxford University Press, 2011), selected as a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title, 2012, in Religion by the Association of College & Research Libraries.

Edited Journals

Guest Editor, Symposium Issue, “Law and Religion in Africa: Comparative Practices, Experiences, and Prospects” African Human Rights Law Journal, 14:1 (May 2014)

Editor with Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na’im. Symposium Issue, “Sharia, Family, and Democracy: Religious Norms and Family Law in Pluralistic Democratic States,” Emory International Law Review, 25(2) (2011).

Guest Editor with Johan D. van der Vyver, Symposium Issue, “The Foundations and Future of Law, Religion, and Human Rights in Africa,” African Human Rights Law Journal 8(2) (2008).

Book Chapters and Encyclopedia Articles

“Modern Legal Traditions: Africa,” in The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Law, Brent Strawn, et al. eds. (Oxford University Press, forthcoming November 2014).

With John Witte, Jr. “Freedom, Persecution, and the Status of Christian Minorities,” in The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to World Christianity, eds. Lamin Sanneh and Michael McClymond (Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, forthcoming July 2014).

With John Witte, Jr., “Religion,” Oxford Handbook on International Human Rights Law, Dinah Shelton, ed. (Oxford University Press, 2013), 9-31.

With John Witte, Jr. “Religious Freedom, Democracy, and International Human Rights,” in The Library of Essays on Law and Religion, Vol. IV, Current Issues in Law and Religion, Silvio Ferrari and Rinaldo Cristofori, eds. (Ashgate Publishing, 2013), 17-37.

“From Third Wave to Third Generation: Feminism, Faith, and Human Rights,” in Feminism, Law, and Religion, Marie A. Failinger, Elisabeth R. Schiltz, and Susan Stabile, eds. (Ashgate Publishing, 2013), 141-171.

With John Witte, Jr., “Religious Freedom, Democracy, and International Human Rights,” in Timothy S. Shah, Alfred Stepan, and Monica Duffy Toft, eds., Rethinking Religion and World Affairs (New York: Oxford University Press, 2012), 104-124.

With Nicole Greenfield. “Internet Resource Guide to Religion and World Affairs” in Timothy S. Shah, Alfred Stepan, and Monica Duffy Toft, eds., Rethinking Religion and World Affairs (New York: Oxford University Press, 2012), 291-301.

“Christianity and the Rights of Women,” in John Witte, Jr., and Frank S. Alexander, eds., Christianity and Human Rights: An Introduction (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011), 302-319.

With John Witte, Jr., “The American Constitutional Experiment in Religious Human Rights: The Perennial Search for Principles,” in in John Witte, Jr., and Johan D. van der Vyver, eds., Religious Human Rights in Global Perspective: Legal Perspectives (The Hague: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 1996), 497-557.

Peer Reviewed Journal and Law Review Articles

“From Social Hostility, to Social Media, and Beyond: Religious Pluralism, Human Rights, and Democratic Constitutional Reform in Africa,” African Human Rights Law Journal 14:1 (May 2014): 93-125.

“Between Blasphemy and Critique: Freedom of Religion and Freedom of Speech” (review essay), Journal of Law and Religion 29:2 (February 2014): 176-96.

“Religious Pluralism in Recent African Constitutional Reform,” Journal of Law and Religion (Spring 2013): 401-39.

“Religion, Family Law, and Recognition of Identity in Nigeria,” in Symposium Issue, “Sharia, Family, and Democracy: Religious Norms and Family Law in Pluralistic Democratic States,” Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na’im and M. Christian Green, eds., Emory International Law Review 25(2) (Fall 2011): 945-66.

With John Witte, Jr., “Religious Freedom, Democracy, and International Human Rights,” Emory International Law Review 23:2 (2009): 583-608.

With Johan D. van der Vyver, “Law, Religion, and Human Rights in Africa: Introduction,” in Symposium Issue, “The Foundations and Future of Law, Religion, and Human Rights in Africa,” M. Christian Green and Johan D. van der Vyver, eds. African Human Rights Law Journal 8:2 (2008): 337-56.

“The Matrioshka Strategy: U.S. Evasion of the Spirit of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights,” South African Journal on Human Rights 10 (1994): 357-71.

Book Reviews

Review of Wes Williams, ed., Religion and Rights: The Oxford Amnesty Lectures, 2008(Manchester University Press, 2011), Journal of Church and State , advance access published June 28, 2013, doi: 10.1093/jcs/cst045.

Review of After Secular Law, Winnifred Fallers Sullivan, Robert Yelle, and Matteo Taussig-Rubbo, eds. (Stanford University Press, 2011), Journal of the American Academy of Religion, (2013): 565-68.

Response to “‘Culture’ and ‘Religion’: Immigration, Islams, and Race in 1970s Paris,” Ch. 6 of Naomi Davidson, Only Muslim: Embodying Islam in Twentieth-Century France (Chicago: Religion and Culture Web Forum, The Martin Marty Center for the Advanced Study of Religion, The University of Chicago, Divinity School, 2012).

Blog Posts

Response to “‘Culture’ and ‘Religion’: Immigration, Islams, and Race in 1970s Paris,” Ch. 6 of Naomi Davidson, Only Muslim: Embodying Islam in Twentieth-Century France (Chicago: Religion and Culture Web Forum, The Martin Marty Center for the Advanced Study of Religion, The University of Chicago, Divinity School, 2012)

“Burqas, Blobs, and Bans in ‘la belle France’,” Contending Modernities: Catholic, Muslim, Secular (Notre Dame, IN: Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, May 12, 2011).

“Sharia in America?: Rhetoric and Reality,” Sharia, Family, and Democracy in Nigeria and Beyond (Atlanta: Center for the Study of Law and Religion, December 11, 2010).

“Recent Forum on Nigeria: Religion, Family, and the Weakened State,” Sharia, Family, and Democracy in Nigeria and Beyond (Atlanta: Center for the Study of Law and Religion, December 3, 2010).

“Moderate Sharia in the Secular State?” Sharia, Family, and Democracy in Nigeria and Beyond (Atlanta: Center for the Study of Law and Religion, November, 2010).

With John Witte, Jr. “Human Rights in A Secular Age?” at The Immanent Frame (New York: Social Science Research Council, 2007).

PRESENTATIONS AND LECTURES

“Naming “Religious” Conflict in the Central African Republic,” paper to be presented at annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion, 2014.

“From Third Wave to Third Generation: Feminism, Faith, and Human Rights,” presented at the conference “Conversations in Feminism, Law, and Religion,” at the University of St. Thomas School of Law, St. Paul, MN, March 21, 2014.

Breakfast with an Author Discussion of Religion and Human Rights: And Introduction, Society of Christian Ethics, January 10, 2014 (unable to attend but substituted by Silas W. Allard, Associate Director, Center for the Study of Law and Religion)

“Religious and Legal Pluralism in Recent African Constitutional Reform,” presented at the conference “Law and Religion in Africa: Comparative Practices, Experiences, and Prospects,” convened by the International Center for Law and Religion Studies and co-sponsoring organizations at the University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana, January 14, 2013.

“Religion, Recognition, and Conflict Prevention,” Presentation at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, April 21, 2011.

“Apostasy, Blasphemy, Conversion, and Defamation: The New Alphabet of Religion and International Human Rights,” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion, October 30, 2010.

“Religion, Rights, and Recognition of Identities,” Presentation to the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, October 7, 2010.

“Strange Bedfellows: Vatican and Islamic Constructions of Gender Identity at Cairo and Beijing,” Paper presented at the Sawyer Seminar on Religion, Law, and the Construction of Identities, The Franke Institute for the Humanities, The University of Chicago, February 1997.

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