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Oxford University Press launches Oxford Journal of Law and Religion

2 December 2011

Oxford University Press (OUP) is pleased to announce the launch of a new title in 2012: Oxford Journal of Law and Religion (OJLR). The new journal is introduced to the Oxford Journals collection in response to the recent proliferation of research and writing on the interaction of law and religion cutting across many disciplines.

The journal aims to redefine the interdependence of law, humanities, and social sciences within the widening parameters of the study of law and religion, whilst seeking to make the distinctive area of law and religion more comprehensible from both a legal and a religious viewpoint. It will capture the complex dynamics of law and religion from different legal as well as religious research perspectives worldwide.

John Louth, Editor-in-Chief, Academic Law, OUP said: “OUP is responding to a clear need within the scholarly community for a journal on law and religion which is able to give comprehensive and global coverage. The discipline continues to grow rapidly as scholars respond to the challenges for domestic and international law to find new ways of engaging with, and responding to the competing claims of religious liberty, secularism, and multiculturalism.”

He added: “The quality of the editorial team behind the OJLR, comprising top names from the UK, Europe, and the US, stands the journal in great stead to become the pre-eminent title in the field. We’re delighted to launch the OJLR in 2012 and have the utmost confidence that quality reflected in the lead editorial team will be mirrored in the material published in this rapidly developing and incredibly important area of the law. OUP has a growing list on law and religion, and has recently set a new series on Islamic Law as well as a new student textbook on Law and Religion in Europe.”

The OJLR is edited by a multinational lead editorial team with broad access to the academic sub-disciplines that shape the field as a whole.

Professor Malcolm Evans, on behalf of the Editors-in-Chief, said: "We have become increasingly aware of the high volume and quality of scholarship in many aspects of the law-religion interface. There is much pioneering work being done around the world of global interest and significance. We are conscious of the proliferation of relevant work in a range of disciplines, including not only law, human rights, and comparative constitutional law, but also theology, political science, and sociology, to name a few. We are also aware of the pressing practical need for this work in the context of a steady rise of religion-related litigation in domestic and international jurisdictions. We are delighted to be working with OUP to develop this new journal for the encouragement and dissemination of the best peer-reviewed work in the field."

All OJLR content will be freely available online in 2012. For more information about the journal, including print subscriptions, article submission guidelines, and how to register for free content-alerting services, please visit:

For more information, please contact:
Rhodri Jackson, Publisher, Law
Oxford Journals
Oxford University Press
+44 (0)1865 353510

Notes to editors

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