Moscow State University Roundtable

I was delighted to speak at a roundtable on law and religion at Lomonosov Moscow State University this morning, along with faculty colleagues from Russia, Greece, Canada, Italy and Israel. Comparative studies add so much to the understanding of church-state issues, and it is always striking how the same issues come up in so many cultures–though not the same answers. The questions from other scholars and the student participants were great. Thanks for Prof. Gayane Davidyan at Lomonosov for inviting me!

UPDATE: For anyone interested, Lomonosov has now posted the YouTube Video of the event:

Law & Religion Roundtable at Lomonosov-Moscow State (Nov. 25)

A programming note: on Wednesday, November 25, I will participate in a roundtable on law and religion sponsored by the Faculty of Law at Lomonosov Moscow State University. The roundtable, organized by Lomonosov Professor Gayane Davidyan, will take place online starting at 17:30 Moscow time. Visitors are welcome. Please use the You Tube link here. The roster for the roundtable, along with the titles of the presentations, is below. Stop by and say hello!

  • Mark Movsesian, Frederick A. Whitney Professor, Co-Director of Center for Law & Religion, St. John’s Law School, United States, Church-State Cases at the US Supreme Court in 2020
  • Lina Papadopoulou, Associate Professor, Law School, Academic Coordinator of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence “European Constitution and Religion”, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, God and the Constitution in a country (Greece) with a prevailing religion
  • Andrea Pin, Associate Professor, Department of Public, International and Community Law, University of Padua, Italy, The Constitution as an ID
  • Kathryn Chan, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Victoria, Canada, The source and scope of religious freedom in Canada
  • Xavier Barre, Ph.D in Law, Avocat au barreau de Paris, Member of New York Bar and Advocat of Moscow Regional bar
  • Anton Kanevsky, Associate Professor of Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia, Attorney in Jerusalem, The Divine Name in Earthly Affairs: Non-specific Talmudic Legal Principles and Israeli Practice
  • Gayane Davidyan, Associate Professor, School of Law, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Director Center of Law and Religion, Can God be Constitutional?

Upcoming Webinar on Law, Religion, and Covid

A programming note: next Friday, October 2, at 11:00 am, the Center will co-host a webinar, “Law, Religion, and Coronavirus in the United States: A Six-Month Assessment.” The webinar will feature commentary from law professors, law students, and lawyers on the implications of the coronavirus pandemic, as well as economic and racial justice concerns raised over the past six months. Co-sponsors include the International Center for Law and Religion Studies at Brigham Young University Law School; the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University Law School; the Program on Church, State & Society at Notre Dame Law School; and the Eleanor H. McCullen Center for Law, Religion and Public Policy at Villanova University’s Charles Widger School of Law. The roster of speakers and further details are available here. Hope you can join us for what will be an excellent program!

Princeton’s James Madison Program Announces New Fellowships

Both Marc and I have had the opportunity to serve (at different times) as visiting fellows at Princeton’s James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions. We both enjoyed the experience tremendously and recommend it to anyone with an interest in research and academic exchange. The Program is soliciting applications for fellows for next year. You can find out more here. The deadline is December 1. Questions? Please email Brad Wilson or Matt Franck. (But, really, you should do it!).

Webinar: The 2020 Giussani Series on Faith and Modernity

The Crossroads Cultural Center and New York Encounter are hosting a webinar discussing the question of how Christians should engage with major social issues. The webinar is part of the Center’s annual “Giussani Series.” Speakers include Stanley Hauerwas (Duke), John Zuccki (McGill) and Paolo Carozza (Notre Dame).

Participants can register by visiting the following website: tinyurl.com/2020giussani. Additional information is available in the attached materials.

Writing Competition for Law Students: Program on Church, State & Society at Notre Dame Law School

The Program on Church, State & Society at Notre Dame Law School invites submissions on topics and questions related to the intersection of church, state, and society, and in particular how the law structures and governs that intersection. The competition is open to law students in good standing, enrolled in a traditional law degree (J.D. or LL.B.), a Master’s degree (LL.M.), or a doctoral degree (S.J.D./J.S.D. or Ph.D.) program at an ABA-accredited law school within the United States. The competition is also open to recent graduates not yet practicing law (those completing clerkships or engaged in similar pursuits).

Interested scholars can submit full papers (between 9,000-13,000 words) by February 15th, 2021 by emailing Jonathan Hannah (hannah.7@nd.edu) with the subject line “2020 Writing Competition.”

More detailed information and additional instructions for authors are available in the attached file.

Call for Papers for Journal of Law, Religion, and State

The Journal of Law, Religion and State invites submissions for an issue on conversion, proselytization, and secularization, considered in conjunction with democratic values. Interested scholars can submit either full papers (between 8,000-10,000 words) or short case studies (less than 4000 words) through the Submissions link here. Publication is anticipated in 2021.

More detailed information and additional instructions for authors are available in the attached file.

Call for Proposals for Blog Webinar (October 2, 2020)

The Center for Law and Religion at the St. John’s University School of Law invites submissions for a blog conference on Law, Religion, and Coronavirus in the United States: A Six-Month Assessment. The conference, convened with five other co-organizing institutions (the International Center for Law and Religion Studies at Brigham Young University Law School; the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University Law School; the Notre Dame Program on Church, State & Society at Notre Dame Law School; and the Eleanor H. McCullen Center for Law, Religion and Public Policy at the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law), will focus on the implications for law and religion in the United States of the coronavirus pandemic, as well as the economic and racial justice crises. We welcome papers on the challenge of public health and free exercise; the problems of church finances and state funding of religion; the relationship between science and vaccines; church liability and clergy malpractice issues; the long-term implications of the coronavirus and related crises for law and religion; and so forth.

Interested scholars should submit brief proposals for submission (roughly 100 words) through the “Submissions” page on Emory’s Canopy Forum by August 31st, 2020 (https://canopyforum.org/submit/). Participants will be notified the first week of September whether their proposal has been accepted for inclusion, and complete blog posts will be due by September 25, 2020.


More detailed information is available in the attached file.

Conference on Catholic Legal Education: “A Light Unseen”

On February 14, the Center will co-host, along with the Journal of Catholic Legal Studies, a conference on a forthcoming book by Professors John Breen (Loyala University Chicago) and Lee Strang (University of Toledo), “A Light Unseen: A History of Catholic Legal Education.” Panelists include Deans Kathleen Boozang (Seton Hall), Marcus Cole (Notre Dame), Vincent Rougeau (Boston College), Michael Simons (St. John’s), William Treanor (Georgetown), and Robert Vischer (St. Thomas), and Professors Angela Carmella (Seton Hall), Teresa Collett (St. Thomas), Richard Garnett (Notre Dame), Jeff Pojanowski (Notre Dame), and Amy Uelmen (Georgetown). Details and registration are at this link. Hope you can join us!

International Moot Court Competition in Law & Religion: Rome, March 2020

Law students: mark your calendars this spring for a remarkable opportunity in the Eternal City.

The European Academy of Religion is hosting the third International Moot Court Competition in Law and Religion. The competition will take place in Rome from March 5th to March 7th, 2020 and is open to law students in both American and European schools.

Student teams will argue a hypothetical case before two courts, the European Court of Human Rights and the U.S. Supreme Court. Scholars and actual judges from both jurisdictions will serve as judges. After a verdict, a roundtable discussion will debate the varying argumentative skills used and highlight the different cultural points of view of the two Courts.

The program is a wonderful chance for students to build advocacy skills, learn about international legal systems, and engage in legal analysis at the intersection of law and religion. The competition case this year involves a state hospital policy prohibiting employees from wearing visible religious signs in public, and the question of what appropriate accommodations are required by statute.

For more details, as well as entry information, please click here.