Faculty Profiles

Rafael   Domingo

Rafael Domingo

Spruill Family Professor of Law and Religion

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 Professor of Law and Religion at the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University. In addition to his position at Emory, Domingo serves as ICS Professor of Law 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 25 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), Great Christian Jurists in French History (Cambridge, 2019), and Global Law and Christianity (Routledge, 2020). 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 40 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. 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 Professor of Law and Religion 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.

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); the Honorary Diploma of the Congress of the Republic of Peru (2016); and the Vicente Rocafuerte Medal of the National Assembly of the Republic of Ecuador (2019). 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.

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.

Books

Christianity and Global Law (Routledge, 2020) co-editor

Great Christian Jurists in French History (Cambridge University Press, 2019) co-editor

Roman Law: An Introduction (Routledge, 2018)

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

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

The New Global Law (Cambridge University Press, 2010)

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

Auctoritas (Ariel, 1999)

Book Chapters

"Paul Fournier," in Olivier Descamps and Rafael Domingo (eds.), Great Christian Jurists in French History (Cambridge, New York: Cambridge University Press, 2019) 309-323, in collaboration with Brigitte Basdevant-Gaudemet.

"Robert Schuman," in Olivier Descamps and Rafael Domingo (eds.), Great Christian Jurists in French History (Cambridge, New York: Cambridge University Press, 2019) 404-418.

"Derecho global y comunidad humana global," in Jorge Fabra Zamora (ed.), Las transformaciones del derecho en la globalización (México DF: Universidad Autónoma de México, 2019) 1-20

"A Global Law for a Global Community," in Maciej Dybowski and Rafael Garcia Perez (eds.), Globalization of Law. The Role of Human Dignity (Cizur Menor: Thomson, Reuters Aranzadi, 2018) 1-22.

"Alvaro d’Ors," in Rafael Domingo and Javier Martinez-Torron, Great Christian Jurists in Spanish History (Cambridge University Press, New York, Cambridge, 2018) 344-359.

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

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

"The Metalegal God," in Pedro Serna (ed.), Una Filosofía del derecho en acción. Homenaje al Profesor Andrés Ollero (Congreso de los Diputados, Madrid, 2015) 1320-1344.

Journal Articles

"Why Spirituality Matters for Law: An Explanation," Oxford Journal of Law and Religion 8.2, 2019, 326-334.

"Direito Romano e Constitutionalismo Global," in Revista Novos Estudos Jurídicos 24, 2019, 321-350.

"Penal Law in the Roman Catholic Church," in Ecclesiastical Law Journal 20, 2018, 158-172.

“Body, Soul, and Spirit of the Law," in Oxford Journal of Law and Religion 7, 2018, 230–249.

“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.

“Protección de la supraracionalidad,” in Persona y Derecho 74, 2016, 203-221.

"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 12.2, 2012, 567-587.

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

“The Crisis of International Law,” in Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law 42.3, 2009, 1543-1593.

Member of the Advisory Board of the Ius Humani Law Journal (Ecuador) (2019).

Member of the Scientific Council of the Global and Transnational Law Society in Geneva (2018-present).

Member of the Editorial Board of the Series on “Law and Christianity” published by Cambridge University Press (2017-2019).

Member of the Editorial Board of the Series on "Religion and Civil Society" published by Olms / Weidmann (Hildesheim, Zurich, New York) (2016-present).

Member of the Advisory Board of the Red Internacional de Juristas para la Integracion Americana (2016-present).

Member of the Advisory Council. Ignatius of Loyola University. Lima (2014-present).

Member of the Editorial Board of Revista Berceo (La Rioja Government, Logrono, Spain) (2002-present).

Member of the Editorial Board of Revista de Derechos Humanos (University of Piura, Peru) (2000-present).