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 the non-religious; 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
Legal Scholars File Brief in Case in Which the Department of Justice Rejects Religious Liberty Rights of Non-Profit That Provides Safe Space to Injection Drug Users
Columbia Law Scholars respond to new HHS Rule, "Protecting Statutory Conscience Rights in Health Care"
The Law, Rights, and Religion Project issued a statement in response to President Trump's announcement of a new Department of Health and Human Services Rule, "Protecting Statutory Conscience Rights in Health Care" RIN 0945-AA10. May 2, 2019.
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.