Centre for Law and ReligionCentre for Law and Religion



Honorary Research Fellow

Frank Cranmer

Email Address: Frank.Cranmer@centrallobby.com

Qualifications: BA, MA (Dunelm) LLM (Wales) STh (Lambeth)

Occupation: Public Affairs Consultant


(1) church governance, church-state relations, Presbyterian church law.
(2) parliamentary law, human rights law.


‘‘Judicial Review and Church Courts in the Law of Scotland’ [1998] Denning Law Journal 49–66.
‘The Church of Sweden and the Unravelling of Establishment’ (2000) 5 Ecc LJ. 417–430.
‘Church-State Relations in the United Kingdom: A Westminster View’ (2001) 6 Ecc LJ.
‘Christian Doctrine and Judicial Review: the Free Church Case Revisited’ (2002) 6 Ecc LJ.
‘Church and Nation: Evidence submitted to the Commission of the Evangelical Alliance on Church and Nation’: February 2003.
‘“National” Churches, Territoriality and Mission’: (2003) 149 Law and Justice.
‘Regulation in the Religious Society of Friends’ (2003) 7 Ecc LJ.
Norman Doe, Mark Hill, Frank Cranmer, Javier Oliva and Cristiana Cianitto: Memorandum to the Joint Committee on Human Rights on ‘Churches as public authorities’, in The Meaning of Public Authority under the Human Rights Act (HL39, HC382 of Session 2003–04, The Stationery Office) pp Ev57–Ev70).
‘Church Governance and Separation of Powers’ (2005) 153 Law and Justice.
‘Life and Death, War and Peace – A Liberal Quaker Perspective’ (2006) Illness, Crisis and Loss [published anonymously].
Frank Cranmer and Tom Heffer: ‘Il diritto canonico della Chiesa d'Inghilterra: l'interpretazione delle Scritture è veramente necessaria per la salvezza?’ (2006) Daimon 6: 69–96.
(with Bob Morris and John Lucas) Church and State – A mapping exercise (London: The Constitution Unit, UCL 2006).
(with Scot Peterson) 'Employment, Sex Discrimination and the Churches: The Percy Case', (2006) 8 Ecc LJ 392–405.
‘‘Establishment of Religion in the United Kingdom’: evidence to the Council of Europe Committee on Culture, Science and Education Colloquy on Questions related to State and Religion, available here.
‘Eternal vigilance?: the Serious Crime Bill’ The Friend 22 June 2007.
‘Free Church of Scotland (Continuing) v General Assembly of The Free Church of Scotland: A Note’ (2007) 9 Ecc LJ 94–100.
‘Quaker Governance and Charities Legislation’ (2007) 9 Ecc LJ 202–207.
Frank Cranmer and Tom Heffer: ‘Necessary to Salvation? – The Canon Law of the Church of England and the Interpretation of Scripture’ (2008) 10 Ecc LJ – in press)

(ed) Locus Standi Reports on Private Bills in Parliament: HC 1707 of Session 2005–06 (London: The Stationery Office Ltd 2006). [LSR 1991–2006]
Sir William McKay (ed): Erskine May’s Parliamentary Practice (23rd edition, Lexis-Butterworths 2004): Assistant Editor for Chapters 13 to 19 and Part III.
‘Legislation as scrutiny’: Paper presented to the British-Irish Clerks’ Professional Development Seminar, Jesus College, Oxford, September 2005.
‘A background note: the House of Commons and the Freedom of Information Act 2000’, in Richard A Chapman and Michael Hunt (eds): Open Government in a Theoretical and Practical Context (Aldershot: Ashgate 2006).
(with Sîan Jones and Mark Egan) Private Bill Practice in the House of Commons (London: Clerk's Department, House of Commons 2008) (to be published Easter 2008).


September 2003: Society of Canadian Clerks at the Table Professional Development Seminar, Québec City (by invitation: paper entitled ‘Recent procedural developments in the House of Commons’).
September 2005: First British-Irish Clerks’ Professional Development Seminar, Jesus College, Oxford. (By invitation: paper entitled ‘Legislation as scrutiny’).
July 2006: UCL Constitution Unit Conference on church-state relations at St Katherine’s Foundation (by invitation: paper on recent developments in the constitutional position of the Church of Scotland).
September 2006: Second British-Irish Clerks’ Professional Development Seminar, Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh. (by invitation).
3 – 5 April 2007: Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference: University of Kent at Canterbury (paper in the law and religion stream: ‘One Quaker’s view of human rights from a socio-juridical perspective’).
16 June 2007: Religion and Politics in the Construction of the European Union: LSE.
29 June – 1 July 2007: The Atlantic Conversation on Religion in Public Life, St George’s House, Windsor Castle (by invitation: I was asked to make the closing remarks at the session on Theological Perspectives).
13 November 2007: – Ordning och rätt i kyrkan / order and propriety in the Church – Berlingseminariet 2007: Stockholm (by invitation: paper on ‘The Europeanisation of Church Law and the Common Law on Religion in the EU’).
15–17 November 2007: European Consortium for Church and State Research, Nicosia (by invitation).
7 December: Interfaith Legal Advisers’ Network, Cardiff (by invitation: paper on ‘Law and Religion in the United Kingdom: Recent Developments’).

Reports and case notes:

‘Government and Parliament 2006–2007’: (2007) Law & Justice 136–141.
Parliamentary Reports (2006) 8 Ecc LJ 346–350; 479–481; (2007) 9 Ecc LJ 101–104; 208–215; 339–347.
Free Church of Scotland (Continuing) v General Assembly of The Free Church of Scotland (2006) 8 Ecc LJ 375–376.
Church of Scientology Moscow v Russia [2007] ECtHR (no. 18147/02): (2007) Law & Justice 77–78
Gallagher v Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints [2006] CA: (2007) 9 Ecc LJ 241–242.
Ivanova v Bulgaria [2007] ECHtR (no. 52435/99): (2007) Law & Justice 78–80
New Testament Church of God v Stewart [2006] EAT (2007) 9 Ecc LJ 239–241.
True Orthodox Church in Moldova and Others v Moldova [2007] ECtHR (no. 952/03): (2007) Law & Justice 80–81
Tysiac v Poland [2007] ECtHR (no. 5410/03): (2007) Law & Justice 81–83
Reaney v Hereford Diocesan Board of Finance [2007] Employment Tribunal No 1602844/2006: (2007) Law & Justice 153–154
Baczkowski and Others v Poland [2007] ECtHR (no. 1543/06): (2007) Law & Justice 156–158
Barankevich v Russia [2007] ECtHR (no. 10519/03): (2007) Law & Justice 158–159
Folgerø and Others v Norway [2007] ECtHR (no. 15472/02): (2007) Law & Justice 159–160
Members of the Gldani Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses and Others v Georgia [2007] ECtHR (no 71156/01): (2007) Law & Justice 163–164
Svyato-Mykhaylivska Parafiya v Ukraine [2007] ECtHR 14 June 2007 (Application Number 77703/01): (2007) Law & Justice 160–162

Advice / Consultancy:

At the request of Committee on Culture, Science and Education of the Council of Europe, I drafted the narrative/descriptive sections (paras 16–70) of its Report on State, religion, secularity and human rights [Doc 11298] (available here)




Last Updated: January 8, 2008