LAW International and Comparative Perspectives on Law & Religion

Prof. Marie Ashe,

3 credits day; 3 credits evening.


Major conflicts have occurred around the globe in recent years, in response to controversies about what the relationship of law and religion should be and about the degree to which law should accommodate religious beliefs and practices. This course will examine some of these conflicts, as they have arisen in particular and differing national contexts. It will focus primarily on events in the United States, Canada, and Europe, while also attending to developments elsewhere. Course readings will include: cases; materials relating to relevant sociological, political, and cultural contexts; and legal theory (including the controversial theory of "legal pluralism") that has appeared in anticipation of or in response to political and legal battles.

Course requirements: Students will write a research paper and make a class presentation of their work-in-progress.


  Prerequisite: Completion of course in US Constitutional Law (or special permission of Instructor).

pointer    Enrollment is limited: 16 

pointer    Elective Course

pointer    Meets International Law Concentration Requirements

pointer    May Fulfill Legal Writing Requirement

pointer    Final Paper Required


<<Course Updated: March 18, 2015>>