This academic year has been an exciting one for the Center
for Law and Religion (CLR) at St. John's School of Law. We
launched a website, hosted an exciting new colloquium, and
published a symposium, and our faculty have published articles and
participated in conferences around the world. Here are some
- CLR launched its new website, CLR Forum, a source for scholars
and others interested in law and religion. CLR Forum contains
regularly updated information on recent scholarship, cases, and law
and religion news from across the globe.
- CLR hosted an innovative new seminar, the
Colloquium in Law: Law and Religion, at St. John's. The
seminar, taught jointly by CLR Director Mark L.
Movsesian and Assistant Director
Marc O. DeGirolami, gave selected St. John's law students an
opportunity to study cutting-edge issues in law and religion with
some of the most prominent thinkers in the field, including Supreme
Court Justice Antonin Scalia and Professors Philip Hamburger
(Columbia), Cathleen Kaveny (Notre Dame), Michael McConnell
(Stanford), Ayelet Shachar (Toronto) and Joseph Weiler (NYU).
- CLR published papers from the second annual
Religious Legal Theory Conference, which CLR hosted in November
2010, in the St. John's Law Review.
- CLR faculty made presentations at conferences in the United
States and Europe, including the
Forum 2000 Conference in Prague, the
Oasis Foundation Conference in Venice, the
Religious Legal Theory Conference at Pepperdine, and the
Annual Law and Religion Roundtable at Northwestern, as well as
the University of
St. Thomas and other venues.
- CLR co-sponsored a
conference on religion and bankruptcy with the Center for
Bankruptcy Studies at St. John's School of Law and presented a
panel on the Hosanna-Tabor case.
- Movsesian's article, Crosses and Culture: State-Sponsored
Religious Displays in the US and Europe, was accepted by the Oxford
Journal of Law and Religion (forthcoming 2012). His article, The
Price of the Ottoman Failure, appeared in a symposium on
secularization in the Middle East published by the Oasis
Foundation in Venice.
- DeGirolami's book, Tragedy and History: The Quality of
Religious Liberty (forthcoming) was accepted by the Harvard
University Press. His article, Against Theories of Punishment: The
Thought of Sir James Fitzjames Stephen, appeared in the
Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law.
Thank you for being part of the CLR community. We have lots more
planned for the coming year, including a
conference in Rome, so please continue to follow us on CLR Forum, and please
let us know how we're doing and if you have suggestions for
Mark L. Movsesian