The Journal of Law Religion and State

Law, State and Religion

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: Dr. Esther Erlings (Macquarie University, Australia).

2024 student editorial staff: Ariel Naftaly (editorial staff manager); Arye Balaban, Harel Ben Yosef, Reut Cohen, Yuval Crispim, Tehilla Gefen, Shacked Libman, Maya Yossef.


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


2023's International Conference Call for Papers - Click Here.


Instructions for authors, see here - Click here

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

Articles in full text from 2012-2018 (volumes 1-7) are also available at Hein on-line: Click Here


International Conferences of Journal of Law, Religion and State

  1. Migra&on, Law, and Religion/Culture (forthcoming, Dec. 2023).
  2. Religiously Motivated and Religion-Based Discrimination: Prohibition, Regulation and Exemption, Online Conference, January 2022.
  3. Religious sites, Bar-Ilan University, June 2019
  4. Religious extremism and violence, Bar-Ilan University, May 2018
  5. Rule of law – Religious Perspectives, Bar-Ilan University, November 2016
  6. Religion and Equality, Bar-Ilan University, June  2015
  7. Revelation and Interpretation: Legal Interpretation of Religious Texts, NYU, September  2012.
  8. Religious Law and State Affairs, Bar-Ilan University, May 2011
  9. Religious Education in a Democratic State, Bar-Ilan University, June 6 - 8, 2010