Religious Rights and Multiple Identities under International Law

Project summary

This project explores how the changing patterns of interaction between legal and theological concepts and between religious and non-religious legal concepts transform the ways religious communities engage with civil and international law as well as with their own religious law systems. Secondly it examines the ways forms of political theology and religious law reshape central concepts of public, civil and international law in four pairs of civilian and common law jurisdictions and examines the complex interaction which continuously shapes and reshapes religious communities’ normative concepts and self-understanding and at the same time engages the political community at a national and international level to revisit, re-conceptualise and reevaluate its own fundamental normative concepts, legal tools and self-understanding.

Lead investigators

Revd Dr Douglas Dupree, Balliol College, University of Oxford

Dr Peter Petkoff, Brunel Law School and Regent’s Park College, University of Oxford

Contact details for enquiries

Please email the lead investigator, Dr Peter Petkoff, if you have any queries regarding this project.


In June 2013, a week-long academy was organised in Oxford, with an extensive range of seminars, discussions, and events. The programme is available for download here

In June 2014, a second week-long academy entitled ‘Versions of Secularism: Comparative and International Legal and Foreign Policy Perspectives on International Religious Freedom’ was held in Oxford. The full programme of events is available for download here.