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Centre for Law and Religion appoints new Assistant Director

8 December 2020

The School of Law and Politics is delighted to announce the appointment of the Revd Stephen Coleman as Assistant Director of the Centre for Law and Religion.

Stephen is a Law Teacher in the School and is reading for a PhD in Ecclesiastical Legal History, in addition to being Vicar of St Peter’s, Grange Park, a Church of England parish in North London. A graduate in theology from the University of Oxford, Stephen worked as a solicitor in the City of London prior to training for ordination in Cambridge and graduated from the Cardiff LLM in Canon Law in 2016. He is a trustee of the Ecclesiastical Law Society, a member of the Editorial Board of the Ecclesiastical Law Journal, and teaches Canon Law in the Diocese of London.

The Centre for Law and Religion was founded in 1998 by its Director, Professor Norman Doe, to promote research in the theory and practice of substantive law concerning religion. Stephen will assist Professor Doe in the overall leadership and development of the Centre, and will convene the Colloquium of Anglican and Roman Catholic Canon Lawyers and the Church Law Legal History Network.

Professor Norman Doe commented, “Over the years, the Centre for Law and Religion has been a vibrant community of highly talented and dedicated scholars engaged in pioneering work in the rapidly changing landscape of law and religion. The appointment of Stephen Coleman marks an important stage in the development of the Centre. I am grateful to Stephen for taking on this role and bringing to it his wealth of creativity, energy, and professionalism.”

Stephen Coleman said, “Issues in law and religion are fundamental to our way of life; they shape the lives of private individuals and faith communities and have a significant impact on how society as a whole is ordered. I am excited to be working with Professor Doe and the fellows of the Centre on the next stage of the Centre’s development so that it continues to be a leading institution in the field of Law and Religion both in the UK and around the world.”

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