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 Stephen Coleman

Stephen Coleman

Law Teacher

School of Law and Politics


I am a Law Teacher and tutor on the LLM in Canon Law, and assist in the academic administration of this degree. Within the School of Law and Politics I am also Assistant Director of the Centre for Law and Religion, where I share in the leadership of the Centre and take responsibility for convening two of the centre’s networks: the Colloquium of Anglican and Roman Catholic Canon Lawyers and the Church Law History Network.

I read Theology as an undergraduate and graduate at the University of Oxford, before training and practising as a corporate and financing solicitor at Slaughter and May and latterly Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in the City of London. I then trained for ordination in the Church of England at Westcott House in Cambridge, and I am currently Vicar of the parish of St Peter, Grange Park in North London. In addition to my work in the parish and in the School of Law and Politics, I am chair of governors at the Wren Academy Enfield (a new Church of England Secondary School), a member of the Ecclesiastical Law Society Education Committee, a member of the Editorial Board of the Ecclesiastical Law Journal, and I teach Canon Law to clergy in the Diocese of London.

My research interests lie primarily in the field of Law and Religion, Canon Law and Ecclesiastical Legal History. I graduated from the LLM in Canon Law in 2016 and I am currently reading for a PhD in Ecclesiastical Legal History under the supervision of Professor Norman Doe.


I teach on the LLM in Canon Law.


My PhD research focusses on the law of parochial patronage in the Church of England, with specific reference to how the law of patronage developed and was used as a tool to effect theological and ecclesiological reform in the Church of England. I have a particular interest in how this is evidenced in the writings of the English ecclesiastical lawyers from the sixteenth century onwards.

On behalf of the Ecclesiastical Law Society, in 2020 I convened two of four groups which meet fortnightly on Zoom reading through the Canons of the Church of England, and I am a member of the Ecclesiastical Law Society working party looking at the reform of the Clergy Discipline Measure 2003.


2020 Entry on ‘Canon Law in the Anglican Communion’ in Jean-Paul Durand (ed.), Dictionnaire des Institutions Chr√©tiennes (forthcoming)

2018 Book review of Cranmer, Hill, Kenny and Sandberg (eds.), The Confluence of Law and Religion: Interdisciplinary reflections on the work of Norman Doe The Ecclesiastical Law Journal (2018) (20), 91-93

2017 ‘The Appointment of Bishops in the Church of England: an historical and legal critique’ The Ecclesiastical Law Journal(2017) (19) 212-223

2016 Book review of Tavinor, M., Shrines of the Saints in England and Wales in The Walsingham Review.

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