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Russell Sandberg

Email Address: sandbergr@cf.ac.uk

Qualifications: LLB (Wales)

Occupation: Doctoral Student and Associate Tutor, Cardiff Law School

PhD title: 'Religion, Society and Law: An Analysis of the Interface between the Law on Religion and the Sociology of Religion'

Doctoral Associate of the Centre for the Study of Islam in the UK, Cardiff University. Member of the Society for Legal Scholars, the Socio-Legal Studies Association, the Ecclesiastical Law Society, the Wales Public Law and Human Rights Association, the British Association for the Study of Religions, the British Sociological Association (BSA) and the BSA Sociology of Religion Study Group.


‘Law and religion’; that is, the study of (a) state law on religions ('religion law': church-state relations; religion and human rights, discrimination law, criminal law) and (b) the internal laws or other regulatory instruments of religious groups (‘religious law’: ecclesiastical law, canon law).

The doctoral thesis aims to construct a ‘sociology of law and religion’; to study the relationship between religion, law and society (synthesising insights from (a) law and religion (b) sociology of religion and (c) sociology of law)

Other legal interests: Criminal law, constitutional and administrative law, discrimination law, human rights, legal history, media law, sociology of law.



'A Whitehall Farce? Defining and Conceptualising the British Civil Service’ (2006) Public Law 653-663

‘Human Rights and Human Remains: The Impact of Dödsbo v Sweden’ (2006) 8 Ecclesiastical Law Journal 453-457

‘To Equality and Beyond: Religious Discrimination and the Equality Act 2006’ (2006) 8 Ecclesiastical Law Journal 470-474

(With N Doe), 'The "State of the Union" a Canonical Perspective: Principles of Canon Law in the Anglican Communion' Sewanee Theological Review 49:2 (2006) 234-246

(With M Hill) ‘Muslim Dress in English Law: Lifting the Veil on Human Rights’ (2006) 1 Religión y Derecho (Law and Religion) 302-328

'Flags, Beards and Pilgrimages: A Review of the Early Case Law on Religious Discrimination’ (2007) 9 Ecclesiastical Law Journal 87-91

(With N Doe) ‘Religious Exemptions in Discrimination Law’ (2007) 66(2) Cambridge Law Journal 302-312

(With M Hill) ‘Is Nothing Sacred? Clashing Symbols in a Secular World’ [2007] Public Law 488-506.

(With N Doe) 'Church-State Relations in Europe' (2007) 1(5) Religion Compass 561-578

‘Religion and Morality: A Socio-Legal Approach’ DISKUS (available here)


'Religion and the Individual: A Socio-Legal Perspective’ in A Day (ed) Religion and the Individual (Ashgate, 2008) In Print.

(With M Hill and N Doe) ‘The Canon Law of the Anglican Communion’ Austrian Archive of Law and Religion


(With N Doe and M Hill) contributing to Jowitt’s Dictionary of English Law in the area of ecclesiastical law (commissioned, ongoing contributions).

(With N Doe) 'Diritto e ordinamento delle chiesa d'Inghilterra e della comunione anglicana (Studi sul)' ('Order and Canon Law of the Church of England and Anglican Communion', Dizionario del Sapere Storico - Religioso del Noveceto (a Dictionary of Religious Studies in the Twentieth Century) (In print)

'Sociologia del diritto delle religion' ('the sociology of the law on religion', Dizionario del Sapere Storico - Religioso del Noveceto (a Dictionary of Religious Studies in the Twentieth Century) (In Print)


R. (on the application of Begum) v Headteacher and Governors of Denbigh High School (2007) 158 Law and Justice 71-72.

R. (on the application of X v The Headteacher of Y School (2007) 158 Law and Justice 72-74.

Azmi v Kirklees Metropolitan Council (2007) 158 Law and Justice 74-76.

R. (On the Application of Baiai, Bigoku, Tilki and Trzcinska) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (2007) 159 Law and Justice 148-149

Mahmoud v Islamic Cultural Centre and the London Central Mosque (2007) 159 Law and Justice 149-150

R. (on the Application of Playfoot (A Child) v Millais School Governing Body (2007) 159 Law and Justice 150-151

The NHS Trust v A (A Child) (2007) 159 Law and Justice 152

R. (on the Application of Swami Suryananda) v Welsh Ministers (2007) 159 Law and Justice 155-156


Werner F Menski, ''Hindu Law: Beyond Tradition and Modernity' (2006) 157 Law and Justice 53

Dee Cook, ‘Crime and Social Justice’ (2007) 41(3) Sociology 591

Samantha Knights, ‘Freedom of Religion, Minorities and the Law’ (2007) 70(6) Modern Law Review 1041-1043

Mike Gane, ‘Auguste Comte’ (2007) 41(6) Sociology 1226-1228


'Research in Progress - Religion, Society and Law: An Analysis of the Interface Between the Law on Religion and the Sociology of Religion' British Association for the Study of Religions Bulletin 107 (March 2006) 20-22

‘BASR Conference Student Bursary Holder Report’ British Association for the Study of Religions Bulletin 109 (November 2006) 19-20

Conference Report: ‘Socio-Legal Studies Association: Law and Religion Stream’ (2007) 9(3) Ecclesiastical Law Journal 320-321.


'Religion and the Individual: A Socio-Legal Perspective', British Sociological Association, Sociology of Religion Study Group 2006 Annual Conference (Manchester, 03-06 April 2006)

'Religion, Society and Law: Towards A Multidisciplinary Approach' Humanities Graduate School, Voice of Humanities Conference 2006 (Cardiff, 28 April 2006)

'Religious Identities in the European Media: A Legal Perspective', Media in the Enlarged Europe Conference (Luton, 05-06 May 2006)

‘Religion and Morality: A Socio-Legal Approach’ British Association for the Study of Religions Annual Conference, The Ethical Dimension (Bath Spa, 04-06 September 2006).

'Defining "Religion": A Socio-Legal Approach' Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference 2007 ‘Law and Religion’ Stream (Canterbury, 3-5th April 2007); British Sociological Association Annual Sociology Conference 2007 ‘Beliefs and Disenchantment'’ Stream (East London, 12-14th April 2007); Theory Faith Culture Conference (Cardiff, 3-5th July 2007); 'Law, Religion and Culture: An Interdisciplinary Symposium' (Lancaster, 14th September 2007).

‘Church-State Relations in Europe: Towards a New Legal Model’ Religion and Politics in the Construction of the European Union Conference (London School of Economics, 16th June 2007)

‘Drawing a Veil on Human Rights? Islamic Dress and English Law’ Legal Practice and Cultural Diversity Conference, (London, 9-11th July 2007)

See also: Research Student Profile



Last Updated: January 7, 2008