The Law, Rights, and Religion Project
Formerly The Public Rights/Private Conscience Project
The Law, Rights, and Religion Project, formerly the Public Rights/Private Conscience Project, is a law and policy think tank based at Columbia Law School that promotes social justice, freedom of religion, and religious plurality. We develop strategic thought leadership on the complex ways in which religious liberty rights interact with other fundamental rights.
Our mission is to ensure that laws and policies reflect the understanding that the right to free exercise of religion protects all religious beliefs and communities, including non-believers; requires respect for religious plurality and equality principles; and must be balanced against other liberty and equality rights where they are in conflict. Our work takes the form of legal research and scholarship, public policy interventions, advocacy support, and academic and media publications.
Policy Papers, Amicus Briefs, and Testimony
The Racial Justice Program
Law Professors File Amicus Brief on Religious Liberty Rights in Appeal from Criminal Conviction of AZ Immigrants' Rights Activists
Professor Katherine Franke filed an amicus brief on behalf of Law Professors in the case of USA v. Hoffman, et al. U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, 4:19-cr-00693-RM.
Professor Katherine Franke joins amicus brief in Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and State of New Jersey v. Trump
Professor Katherine Franke, Faculty Director of the Law, Rights, and Religion Project at Columbia Law School, joined an amicus brief in Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and State of New Jersey v. Trump, Case No. 17-3752 in the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on March 25, 2019.
New Year, New Name: The Public Rights/Private Conscience Project is now the Law, Rights, and Religion Project
Announcement and Press Release regarding the Public Rights/Private Conscience Project's re-naming to the Law, Rights, and Religion Project at Columbia Law School, and the launch of the new site, https://lawrightsreligion.law.columbia.edu on January 24, 2019. Quotes from Faculty Director Professor Katherine Franke, and Law, Rights, and Religion Project Director Elizabeth Reiner Platt.