Law, State and Religion

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The study of law and religion is a thriving area of research that is enjoying a recent surge of rich and fruitful scholarship. We notice a lack of venue among existing law journals for the publication and interaction of scholars on an international cross-cultural basis. Therefore, the Faculty of Law of Bar Ilan University has launched (in 2012) a peer-reviewed journal that aims to provide an international forum for the study of the interactions between religion, law and State.

The focus of the journal is on the following:
· Legal and political aspects of various religious traditions;
· Exploration of the interrelations between diverse religious, legal and political traditions;
· Studies of the relations between religion, law and state.

The Journal publishes three issues a year and accepts submissions throughout the year.


Editorial Staff

Chief Editor: Prof. Gideon Sapir (BIU)

Deputy Editor: Amos Israel (person of contact:

Editors: Prof. Zvi Zohar (BIU), Dr. Haim Shapira (BIU), Prof. Rex Ahdar (Otago University), Prof. Michael Helfand (Pepperdine University).

2020 student editorial staff: Ariel Naftaly (editorial staff manager); Ezra Ives; Shifra Katz; Miriam Koren-Newmark; Moshe Lehmann; Nathan Rothstein; Asher Stub.

The Journal is published by Brill/Martinus Nijhoff Publishers and is supported by a generous gift of Romie and Esther Tager of London, UK.

Instructions for authors, see here - Click here,

The journal's online edition at Brill, see here – Click here

Articles in full text from 2012-2014 (volumes 1-3) are also available at Hein on-line: Click Here.   


International Conferences of Journal of Law, Religion and State

1. Religious Education in a Democratic State, Bar-Ilan University, June 6 - 8, 2010

2. Religious Law and State Affairs, Bar-Ilan University, May  2011

3. Revelation and Interpretation: Legal Interpretation of Religious Texts, NYU, September  2012.

4. Religion and Equality, Bar-Ilan University, June  2015.

5. Rule of law – Religious Perspectives, November 2016

6. Religious extremism and violence, Bar-Ilan University, May 2018 

7. Religious sites, Bar-Ilan University (planned, June 2019)