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Professor Norman Doe

Professor Norman Doe

Position: Professor
School: Law and Politics

Tel: +44(0)29 2087 4364
Fax: +44(0)29 2087 4097
Ext: 74364

Point of contact: Sharron Alldred

   Ecclesiastical and Canon Law
   Law and Religion

   Centre for Law and Religion


LLM (Wales), MTh (Oxford), PhD (Cambridge), DCL (Lambeth), Barrister (Middle Temple).  Professor Norman Doe is Director of the Centre for Law and Religion, which he set up at Cardiff Law School in 1998, and is also Director of Research at the Law School.  From the Rhondda, he studied law at University College Cardiff, for his doctorate, at Magdalene College, Cambridge, and theology at St Michael`s Theological College, Llandaff and Mansfield College in the University of Oxford.  He was an honorary member of the senior common room at Magdalen College, Oxford (1996-97), visiting fellow at Pusey House, Oxford (1997), visiting scholar at Bangor Law School (2007-8), and visiting fellow at Trinity College Oxford (2011).

He is author of Fundamental Authority in Late Medieval English Law  (Cambridge, 1990), The Legal Framework of the Church of England  (Oxford, 1996), Canon  Law in the Anglican Communion  (Oxford, 1998), The Law of the Church in Wales (Cardiff, 2002), An Anglican Covenant: Theological and Legal Considerations for a Global Debate  (Canterbury Press, 2008), Law and Religion in Europe  (Oxford, 2011), and Christian Law: Contemporary Principles (Cambridge, 2013).  With Mark Hill and Russell Sandberg, he is co-author of Religion and Law in the United Kingdom (Wolters Kluwer, 2011).  He is editor of Essays in Canon Law  (Cardiff, 1992) and The Portrayal of Religion in Europe  (Leuven, 2004),  and co-editor, with Mark Hill and Robert Ombres OP, of English Canon Law  (Cardiff, 1998), with Richard Puza, Religion and Law in Dialogue  (Leuven, 2006), with James Conn and Joseph Fox, Initiation, Membership and Authority in Anglican and Roman Catholic Canon Law  (Rome, 2005), and with Matti Kotiranta, Religion and Criminal Law (Leuven, 2013). He is on the editorial committees of the Ecclesiastical Law Journal, Nomokanonika, and Annuario di Diritto Comparato delle Religioni. , and was appointed in 2013 as the Editor of the newly established Routledge Research Series in Law and Religion, the first series of its type in the UK.

He was a member of the Legal Advisory Commission of the Church of England, and deputy chancellor, Diocese of Manchester.  A member of the European Consortium for Church and State Research (President in 2010), and the Colloquium of Anglican and Roman Catholic Canon Lawyers, he was a consultant on canon law to the Primates of the Anglican Communion and member of the Lambeth Commission (2003-2004,Windsor Report  (2004).  He also served on the Anglican Communion Covenant Design Group and was consultant to the Anglican Communion Network of Legal Advisers.  Since 1999 he has been an associate professor at the University of Paris, and was docente invitato Pontifical University of St Thomas (Angelicum), Rome, in 2009.  With Centre colleagues, he established the Interfaith Legal Advisers Network (2007) and the Law and Religion Scholars Network (2008).

He made five presentations on canon law and covenant at the Lambeth Conference 2008. In 2011-12 he gave papers at conferences in Utrecht, Paris and  St Asaph. In 2012 he was appointed as Chancellor of the Diocese of Bangor and his book Law and Religion in Europe  was included in the top 20 publications by the International Consortium of Law and Religion Scholars (ICLARS). In 2013 he was a visiting professor at KU Leuven (and in 2014), the Oxford University Court Sermon Preacher (2013), and his book Christian Law was the focus of study at a meeting, at which he gave the lead paper, in Rome (November 2013),  the first of its type involving participants from the Catholic, Orthodox, Anglican, Lutheran, Methodist, Reformed, Presbyterian and Baptist traditions seeking to use systems of church law and church order as an instrument of  global ecumenism on the basis that whilst doctrines may divide Christians, laws link them in common action.