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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.

About Us

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Meet the Law, Rights, and Religion Project Staff, here

Policy Papers, Amicus Briefs, and Testimony

Read and download recent reports, amicus briefs, policy papers, and testimony produced by the Law, Rights, and Religion Project, here

The Racial Justice Program

Learn about our Racial Justice Program and its work, here

Contact Us

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