Faculty Profiles

Rafael   Domingo

Rafael Domingo

Spruill Family Research Professor

Areas of Expertise

Comparative Law, European Legal History, Law and Religion, Legal Theory, Roman Law

Curriculum Vitae

Rafael Domingo (born 1963; PhD 1987) is the Spruill Family Research Professor at the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University. In addition to his position at Emory, Domingo serves as Professor of Law and ICS Research Professor at the University of Navarra, in Spain.

A specialist in legal history, legal theory, ancient Roman law, law and religion, and comparative law, Domingo has published more than 20 books and 100 articles. His work has appeared in English, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, German, Russian, and Japanese, and he has delivered dozens of public lectures throughout North America, Europe, Latin America, and Japan. His recent books include The New Global Law (Cambridge University Press, 2010), God and the Legal System (Cambridge, 2016), Great Christian Jurists in Spanish History (Cambridge, 2016), Roman Law: An Introduction (Routledge, 2018), and Great Christian Jurists in French History (Cambridge, 2019). His articles have been published in top journals of legal history, law and religion, constitutional law, and international law. Domingo also has published more than 200 op-eds in Spanish and Latin American newspapers and has been interviewed more than 25 times on CNN.

Awarded tenure at the University of Cantabria in Spain and promoted to the rank of associate professor of law in 1989, Domingo was elevated to the rank of professor of law in 1993, becoming the youngest tenured professor of Roman law in Spain in his generation After a 1995 sabbatical leave at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich as a Humboldt research fellow, Domingo joined the University of Navarra School of Law, where he served as vice dean (1995–1996), dean (1996–1999), first holder of the Garrigues Chair in Global Law, and founding director of the Anglo-American Law Program, the International Business Law Program, and the Global Law Program. From 2005 to 2010, he worked as an international consultant for Thomson Reuters Aranzadi and was the founding editor of its Global Law Collection, which published more than 50 titles.

In 2011, Domingo moved to the United States. He received the Emile Noel Senior Fellowship and the Straus Fellowship to conduct research in global law at the New York University School of Law (2011–2012, and the Francisco de Vitoria Fellowship to conduct research on law and religion at Emory University (2012–present). In 2015, Domingo was appointed ICS Research Professor at the Center for Culture and Society at the University of Navarra, and in 2016, the Spruill Family Research Professor at the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University. Domingo is affiliated with Emory Law School, where he teaches courses on Roman law, canon law, and global law.

Professor Domingo has been awarded the Toribio Rodriguez Mendoza Medal of Honor by the Peruvian Constitutional Court (2006); the Rafael Martinez-Emperador Research Prize by the Spanish General Council of the Judiciary (2007); the Medal of Honor of the Paraguayan Academy of Law (2009); the Silver Medal of the University of Navarra (2012); the José León Barandiarán Medal of Honor of the National University of San Marcos (2015); and the Honorary Diploma of the Congress of the Republic of Peru (2016). He has received honorary doctorates in law from the Inca Garcilaso University (Lima, 2012) and the Saint Ignatius of Loyola University (Lima, 2016). Domingo is honorary visiting professor at the Strathmore Law School in Nairobi, Kenya.

Professor Domingo is a member of the Spanish Royal Academy of Legal Science and Legislation, the Spanish Royal Academy of Moral Sciences and Politics, the Austrian Academy of Sciences, the Argentinian National Academy of Law and Social Sciences, the Inter-American Academy of Comparative and International Law, and the Peruvian Academy of Political and Moral Sciences.

Education: LLB and PhD, University of Navarra (Spain)

Books

Roman Law: An Introduction (London, New York: Routledge, 2018)

Great Christian Jurists in Spanish History (New York, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018) co-editor

God and the Secular Legal System (New York, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016)

The New Global Law (New York, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010)

Juristas Universales, 4 vols (Madrid: Marcial Pons, 2004), editor

Auctoritas (Barcelona: Ariel, 1999)

Book Chapters: 

"Thomas Sanchez," in John Witte, Jr.and Gary S. Hauk (eds),Christianity and Family Law. An Introduction (New York, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017) 245-258.

“A New Global Paradigm for Religious Freedom,” in Lorenzo Zucca, (ed.) Religious Rights (Farnham: United Kingdom: Ashgate Publishing, 2015) 30-56.

"Human Dignity Without God? Reflections of Some Relevant Speeches of Benedict XVI," in Marta Cartabia & Andrea Simoncini (eds.), Pope Benedict XVI's Legal Thought. A Dialogue of the Foundation of Law (New York, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press,  2015) 46-56.

Journal Articles

"Body, Soul, and Spirit of the Law: Towards a Holistic Legal Paradigm," in Oxford Journal of Law and Religion 7, 2018

"Penal Law in the Roman Catholic Church," in Ecclesiastical Law Journal 20, 2018

"Global Law and the New Global Human Community," in Revista Brasileira di Direito 13.3, 2017, 27-39.

"Theology and Jurisprudence: A Good Partnership?", in Journal of Law and Religion 32.1 (2017) 79-85.

"The Constitutional Justification of Religion," in Ecclesiastical Law Journal 18, 2016, 14-35.

"Restoring Freedom of Conscience," in Journal of Law and Religion 30.2, 2015, 176-193.

"The Dworkinian Religion of Value," in Journal of Law and Religion 29.3, 2014, 526-534.

“A Right to Religious and Moral Freedom? ” in International Journal of Constitutional Law 12, 2014, 226-247.


“The Metalegal God,” in Ecclesiastical Law Journal 16.1, 2014, 147-167.

“A New Global Paradigm for Religious Freedom,” in Journal of Church and State 56.3, 2014, 427-453.

“Religion for Hedgehogs? A Critique against the Dworkinian Approach to Religious Freedom,” in Oxford Journal of Law and Religion 2.2, 2013, 371-392.

"The New Global Human Community," in Chicago Journal of International Law 13.1, 2012, 563-587.

“Gaius, Vattel, and the New Global Law Paradigm,” in European Journal of International Law 22.3, 2011, 627-647.

Member of the Editorial Board of the Series on "Religion and Civil Society" published by Olms / Weidmann (2016-present)

Member of the Editorial Board of the Series on “Law and Christianity” published by Cambridge University Press (2017-present)

On Air Guest Analyst. CNNespanol. Atlanta (2013-present) (23 interviews).

Inaugural holder of the Garrigues Chair in Global Law. University of Navarra (2003-2012).

Founding Director of the Anglo-American Law Program. University of Navarra (2004-2008).

Founding Director of the International Business Law Program. University of Navarra (2004-2008).

Founding Director of the Global Law Program. University of Navarra (2005-2008).

Professor of Law. University of Cantabria (1993-1996)