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Volume 1 (2022)

Volume 1 (Complete Download)

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Volume 1, 2022   


Alex Deagon and Jeremy Patrick, Editorial (pp. i-ii)



Renae Barker, Law and Religion in the Classroom: Teaching Church-State Relationships (pp. 1-21)

Muhammad Latif Fauzi, The Formation of Islamic Law in Indonesia: The Interplay Between Islamic Authorities and the State (pp. 22-35)

Neil Foster, Religious Freedom, Section 109 of the Constitution, and Anti-discrimination Laws (pp. 36-56)

Andrew Hemming, Why the Jury in Pell v The Queen Must Have Had a Doubt and the High Court was Right to Quash the Guilty Verdicts (pp. 57-75)

Patrick Parkinson, Adolescent Gender Identity and the Sex Discrimination Act: The Case for Religious Exemptions (pp. 76-93)


Book Reviews

Katie Murray, Book Review: “Christians: The Urgent Case for Jesus in Our World” by Greg Sheridan (pp. 94-96)

Jeremy Patrick, Book Review: “Law and Religion in the Liberal State edited by Jahid Hossain Bhuiyan and Darryn Jensen (pp. 97-98)


Special Topic Forum: The Future of Law and Religion in Australia

Luke Beck, The Continued Existence of the Crime of Blasphemy in Australia (pp. 99-102)

Anthony Gray, Proportionality in Australian Constitutional Law: Next Stop Section 116? (pp. 103-105)

Joel Harrison, The Liberal and Post-Liberal Futures of Law and Religion in Australia (pp. 106-107)

Volume 2 (2023)

Volume 2 (Complete Issue)    ISSN 2653-5122 (Online)                                                                    DOI:


Volume 2, 2023

Special Issue: Religious Freedom, Sexuality, and Gender Identity


Alex Deagon and Jeremy Patrick, Editorial (pp. i-iii)



Nicholas Butler, May Australian States Impose Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Non-Discrimination Obligations on Religious Schools? A Rejoinder to Foster (pp. 1-19)

Alex Deagon, Reconciling Freedom and Equality for Peaceful Coexistence: On the Need to Reframe the Religious Exemptions in the Sex Discrimination Act (pp. 20-35)

Mark Fowler, The Position of Religious Schools Under International Human Rights Law (pp. 36-55)

Rena MacLeod, Legislating Gender Prejudice: Religion and the Overturning of Roe v Wade (pp. 56-69)

Rhett Martin, Conversion Practices Legislation in Victoria – A Potential Crisis for Church Authority? (pp. 70-80)

Timothy Nugent, Statements of Belief as Political Communication (81-90)


Book Reviews

Barry W. Bussey, Review of Law and Religion in the Commonwealth: The Evolution of Case Law edited by Renae Barker, Paul T. Babie, and Neil Foster (pp. 91-92)

Jeremy Patrick, Review of The Transgender Issue: An Argument for Justice by Shon Faye (pp. 93-94)


Special Topic Forum: Religious Freedom, Sexuality, and Gender Identity

Nicholas Aroney, Cherry Picking Human Rights (pp. 95-100)

Patrick Byrne, What Does Gender Identity Mean in the Sex Discrimination Act 1984? (pp. 101-103)

Robert W. Hefner, The Politics of Indonesia’s New Criminal Code (pp. 104-106)

Volume 3 (2023)

Volume 3 (Complete Issue) Download   ISSN 2653-5122 (Online)


 Volume 3, 2023

Alex Deagon and Jeremy Patrick, Editorial (pp. i-ii) Download



Ysabel Andrea Abordo & Alex Deagon, Religious Freedom and Freedom from Religious Discrimination: Implications for the Religious Discrimination Bill (pp. 1-19) Download


Guy Baldwin, Freedom of Religion Under the Australian Constitution: Is Proportionality the Answer? (pp. 20-36) Download


Samuel Blanch, Legal Pluralism and Islamic Law in Australia (pp. 37-51)  Download


David Goodwin & Paul Reynolds, Congregational Religious Trusts in Victoria’s Churches of Christ (pp. 52-68) Download


Andrew Hemming, Is Leaving God to Make the Choice an Answer to a Charge of Murder by Reckless Indifference to Human Life or Manslaughter? A Case Study of Queensland Criminal Law (pp. 69-90) Download


Book Reviews

Myriam Hunter-Henin, Review of A Principled Framework for the Autonomy of Religious Communities: Reconciling Freedom and Discrimination by Alex Deagon (pp. 91-93) Download


Benjamin Saunders, Review of Christianity and Constitutionalism by Nicholas Aroney and Ian Leigh (eds.) (pp. 94-95) Download


Special Topic Forum: Indigenous Spirituality and the Law

Darshan Datar, The Voice and Religious Freedom (pp. 96-100) Download


Ivan Ingram, Cultural and Spiritual Loss in Native Title (pp. 101-102) Download


Samsul Maarif, Indigenous Religious Freedom: A Goal to Pursue in Indonesia (pp. 103-107) Download


Laura Rademaker, Country, Tradition, and Christianity in the Law (pp. 108-110) Download

Volume 4 (2024)

Volume 4 (Complete Issue) Download   ISSN 2653-5122 (Online)


 Volume 4, 2024

Special Issue: Theology and Jurisprudence


Constance Lee and Alex Deagon, Editorial (pp. i-ii) Download



Zachary R. Calo, The Catholic Modernity of Pope Benedict XVI: Healthy Secularity and Christian Jurisprudence (pp. 1-16) Download


Jonathan Crowe, Natural Law with and without God (pp. 17-33) Download


Alex Deagon, Christian Natural Law and a Foundation for Religious Freedom: Love, the True, and the Good (pp. 34-56)  Download


Constance Youngwon Lee, The Secularisation of Conscience: A Natural Law Critique (pp. 57-74) Download


Joshua Neoh, Kiergaard’s Works of Love: From Benedict’s Rule to More’s Utopia (pp. 75-83) Download


Lukas Opacic, Corporations, Compelled Compelled Speech, and the Common Good (pp. 84-100) Download


John Witte Jr with Harold J. Berman, Christianity and Law in the Enlightenment (pp. 101-114) Download

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