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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 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.

About Us

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Staff

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

Contact information for the Law, Rights, and Religion Project, here

Recent News

January 24, 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.

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November 28, 2018

Religion, Discrimination, and Government Funding: Enforcing Civil Rights Law After Masterpiece Cakeshop and Trinity Lutheran

A memorandum published by the Law, Rights, and Religion Project at Columbia Law School (formerly the Public Rights/Private Conscience Project) that clarifies the responsibility of state and local human rights agencies and commissions to robustly enforce civil rights laws—particularly in the context of government-funded social services—in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decisions in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission and Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Inc. v. Comer

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