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Julian Rivers M.A., LL.M., M.Jur., Ph.D., is Professor of Jurisprudence at the University of Bristol, UK. He studied law at Cambridge and Göttingen Universities before appointment to Bristol in 1993. His research interests lie mainly in the area of legal and constitutional theory, with a particular interest in the interplay between law and religion.
He is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Ecclesiastical Law Journal, and his current major research commitment is a monograph on the English law of religious associations. He has been on the writing group of Cambridge Papers since 1992, contributing papers on aspects of criminal law, constitutional law, legal theory, international law, citizenship and the moral authority of Scripture. He is a former member of UCCF Trust Board and on the advisory board of the Jubilee Centre.
Julian is married with two children, and attends Emmanuel Church, a plant of Christ Church, Clifton, Bristol.
Recent publications in law, ethics and religion:
'Two concepts of natural human rights', Studies in Christian Ethics, special edition on Nicholas Wolterstorff, Justice: Rights and Wrongs (Princeton UP, 2008), 2010 forthcoming.
'The Nature and Role of Government in the Bible', in Nick Spencer and Jonathan Chaplin (eds.), God and Government, SPCK 2009.
'Three principles for Christian citizens', Cambridge Papers, April 2009.
'The Question of Freedom of Religion or Belief and Defamation', Religion and Human Rights 2 (2007), 113–118.
'Law, Religion and Gender Equality', Ecclesiastical Law Journal, 9 (1) (2007), 24-52.
'The Church in an Age of Human Rights', International Journal for the Study of the Christian Church, 7 (2007), 3-15.
Articles on 'Law', 'Grotius' and 'Moral Difficulties in Scripture', in Dictionary of Christian Apologetics (IVP, 2006).
'The Legal Status of Islam in Great Britain', Derecho Y Religion, 1 (2006), 144-164.
'Nationhood' in M. Schluter and J. Ashcroft (eds.), Jubilee Manifesto (IVP, 2005), 122-137.
'Government' in M. Schluter and J. Ashcroft (eds.), Jubilee Manifesto (IVP, 2005), 138-153.
'In pursuit of pluralism: the ecclesiastical policy of the European Union' 7 (2004) Ecclesiastical Law Journal, 267-291.