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J. David C. Harte


Qualifications: MA , Dip Crim, (Cantab)  LLM, (Canon Law)(University of Wales, Cardiff), Barrister (Gray’s Inn).

Occupation: Formerly senior Lecturer in Law, Newcastle Law School, Newcastle University,

Other relevant activities: Responsibility for academic liaison of the Ecclesiastical Law Society with law schools; Book Review Editor for the Ecclesiastical Law Journal; Deputy Chancellor of the Diocese of Durham 2006 – 2014; Reader Emeritus, Diocese of Newcastle from 2011.

Interests: Teaching Law and Religion: The relationship between law and religion generally, and in particular the legal frameworks for pluralism by contrast with secularism; Church heritage law; Ecclesiastical Law and the rites of passage (baptism, marriage and death).

Publications include:

“Law after Death, or 'Whose Body is it?' The Legal Framework for the Remembrance of the Dead", in Ritual and Remembrance: Responses to Death in Human Societies, edited by Jon Davies, 1994, Sheffield Academic Press, pp. 200 - 237.

"A Christian Approach to Environmental Law", in Christian Perspectives on Law Reform, edited by P. Beaumont, 1998, Paternoster, pp. 51 - 82.

“Influences of Church and State on the English School System: Country Report, England” , in Öffentliches Schulwesen im Spannungsfield von Staat und Kirche , edited by Eibe Riedel, (proceedings of the Public Law section of the German Association for Comparative Law), Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft, 1998, pp. 53 - 87.

“Religious Education and Worship in State Schools, in English Canon Law; Essays in Honour of Bishop Eric Kemp”, edited by Norman Doe, Mark Hill and Robert Ombres, 1998, Cardiff, University of Wales Press, pp. 115 - 127.

“Legal Aspects of Development and the Church in the Countryside”, chapt. 10 in Law, Policy and Development in the Rural Environment, edited by Nicholas Herbert-Young, 1999, Cardiff, University of Wales Press pp. 221 -249.

“Establishment and Autonomy: The Church of England as a Voluntary Body”, chapt. 13 in The Voluntary Sector, the State and the Law, edited by Alison Dunn, 2000, Oxford and Portland Oregon, Hart Publishing, pp193 - 209.

"Defining the Legal Boundaries of Orthodoxy for Public and Private Religion in England" in Richard O'Dair and Andrew Lewis, Law and Religion, 4 Current Legal Issues, 2001, Oxford University Press, pp 471 - 495.

“The Legal Framework for Religion in Schools: Enforcement or Enablement?” a chapter in Christian Perspectives on the Limits of Law, edited by P. Beaumont, Paternoster, 2002, pp 35 – 70.

“The Development of the Law of Employment and Education” , a chapter in, Religious Liberty and Human Rights, edited by Mark Hill, University of Wales Press, 2002, pp 159 - 194 .

“Grossbritannien”. In: K. Graf Ballestrem/ S. Belardinelli/ T.Cornides (eds.): Kirche und Erziehung in Europa,  2005,Wiesbaden: VS Verlag Sozialwissenschaften, 83-112. (Translation into German of an English contribution to a comparative study of religion in European state school)

“Les Lieux de Culte: Une Perspective Anglaise” In Magalie Flores Lonjou and Francis Messner (eds.)  Les Lieux de Culte en France et en Europe, 2007, Peeters, pp143 – 165.(Translation into French of an English contribution to a study of legal considerations for places of worship)