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 and 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, postgraduate 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


Dr Myra Blyth – Tutorial Fellow at Regent’s Park College, Oxford

Dr Timothy Bradshaw – Tutorial Fellow at Regent’s Park College, Oxford

Dr Isabella Bunn – Robert L. Long Professor of Ethics at the Nathan M. Bisk College of Business, Florida Institute of Technology

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


Prof W Cole Durham – International Centre for Law and Religion Studies, Brigham Young University

Prof Silvio Ferrari – Faculty of Law, University of Milan

Prof Marie-Claire Foblets – Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology

Dr Brian Grim – Religious Freedom and Business Foundation

Prof Julian Rivers – School of Law, University of Bristol

Rabbi Naftali Rothenberg – Van Leer Institute, Jerusalem

Knox Thames – US Commission of International Religious Freedom

Prof John Witte – Centre for the Study of Law and Religion, Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, Georgia


Oxford Journal of Law and Religion

International Consortium for Law and Religion Studies

American Consortium for Law and Religion Studies

Oxford Society for Law and Religion

Bristol Centre for the Study of Law and Religion