Religion, Law, and IR Programme

Oxford Centre for Christianity and Culture

Oxford Centre for Christianity and Culture

Religion, Law and International Relations Programme


RLIRP is a collaborative international research network between a number of UK-based and international research centres for the study of the interplay between law, religion and international relations and between law and theology from both historical and contemporary perspectives. It engages in original research, scholarly publications, domestic an international policy consultancy, conducts major international conferences both in the UK and abroad. RLIRP hosts visiting fellows, visiting doctoral scholars and offers teaching at undergraduate, post-graduate levels as well as CPD training for lawyers and policy makers. Members of RLIRP also edit the Oxford Journal of Law and Religion and are actively engaged in a number in international scholarly networks and advise governments and international organisations. RLIRP also convenes series of academic events nationwide on behalf of the All Party Parliamentary Group on International Freedom of Religion or Belief.

Director: Dr Peter Petkoff 


  • Revd Dr Myra Blyth
  • Revd Dr Timothy Bradshaw
  • Dr Isabella Bunn
  • Prof Malcolm Evans, Chairman of the Governing Body, Regent’s Park College, Oxford; Professor of Public International Law, School of Law University of Bristol
  • Dr Nazila Ghanea – Lecturer in International Human Rights, University of Oxford
  • Prof Mark Janis, Visiting Professor, University of Oxford


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