• Church, State, & Society

    Church, State, & Society

    The Exploration of Church and State at Notre Dame Law School

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  • Exploration and Discussion

    Exploration and Discussion

    Faculty and Students Engage in Diverse Law and State Discussions and Research

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  • Student Perspective

    Student Perspective

    Our students are challenged as they explore religious issues within the law

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GarnettRichard Garnett, Director of Church, State & Society Program

Welcome to the Program on Church, State & Society

This Program focuses on the intersection of Church, State & Society and how the law structures and governs that intersection. Through a variety of programs we encourage scholarship and meaningful conversation on the role of religious institutions, communities and authorities in the social order and at the same time highlights the important role they play in the content and protection of religious freedom. 

Learn more here about our Program, including our upcoming events and faculty research

Recent News

Rick Garnett delivered Duncan Lecture at the University of Nebraska College of Law

Author: Denise Wager

Professor Rick Garnett delivered the 2nd Annual Duncan Lecture on Constitutional Law at the University of Nebraska College of Law.


The second-annual Duncan Lecture on Constitutional Law was held Monday at the University of Nebraska College of Law on the topic of religious freedom in America. The event was hosted by the Nebraska school's Christian Legal Society chapter. Daniel Segura, a Nebraska law student and president of the Christian Legal Society, said Garnett is among the leading speakers in the country on First Amendment issues. He said the student organization hopes to offer space for debate over how the U.S. Constitution should be interpreted, and he hopes to see a variety of views represented. …

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Faculty in the News

Rick Garnett wrote a memorial piece for Notre Dame Law School Professor Tom Shaffer, former dean of the Law School, for Prawfsblawg on Feb. 28.

Rick Garnett was quoted in the Deseret News, The Supreme Court could reinterpret the First Amendment in a conservative direction this term. Here's how, on Jan. 14.

Rick Garnett was quoted in the Crux, Globally and abroad, experts say religious freedom more than a ‘commodity’, on Nov. 12. 

Brad Gregory was highlighted by ND Newswire, Brad Gregory wins Expanded Reason Awards honorable mention, on Oct. 10.

Vincent Philip Munoz was quoted in the Washington Examiner, Campus free speech problems abound, but suggested solutions are vague and few, on Sept. 18. 

Paolo G. Carozza has been appointed to the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences by Pope Francis.

Read Rick Garnett's latest blog entry on The Mirror of Justice.

Read more Church State News here or Blog articles here

Upcoming Events

Thu May 23, 2019

Natural Rights, American Constitutionalism, and the Study of Political Philosophy

Location: Jenkins and Nanovic Halls

The Arizona State University School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership, the Constitutional Studies Program at Notre Dame and the Jack Miller Center proudly present “Natural Rights, American Constitutionalism, and the Study of Political Philosophy,” a conference celebrating the scholarly work of Michael P. Zuckert.…

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Wed May 29, 2019

Rick Garnett to speak at conference for Freedom of Religious Institutions in Society (FORIS) Project


Location: Washington, D.C.

Professor Rick Garnett will take part in a panel discussion on May 29th at the Washington Hebrew Congregation in Washington, D.C. The conference will officially launch RFI's Freedom of Religious Institutions in Society (FORIS) Project, a pathbreaking, multi-country initiative funded by the John Templeton Foundation to examine the meaning and impact of institutional religious freedom and promote its findings among policymakers, scholars, and journalists around the world.…

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