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 Emory University School of Law and Francisco de Vitoria Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University. Aside from his positions at Emory, Domingo serves as professor of law and research professor at the Institute of Culture and Society at the University of Navarra. A specialist in legal history, legal theory, ancient Roman law, and comparative law, he has published more than 20 books and 50 articles. Professor Domingo’s writings have appeared in English, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Russian, and Japanese, and he has delivered dozens of public lectures throughout North America, Europe, Latin America, and Japan. Recent books include: The New Global Law (Cambridge University Press, 2010) and God and the Legal System (Cambridge University Press, 2016).

Professor Domingo received a fellowship by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation to conduct research in legal history at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (1993), and the Emile Noel Senior fellowship to conduct research in global law at the NYU School of Law (2011). He served as dean of the University of Navarra School of Law from 1996 to 1999. Professor Domingo has been awarded the Medal of Honor, Toribio Rodriguez Mendoza, by the Peruvian Constitutional Court (2006); the Rafael Martinez-Emperador 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 Jose Leon Barandiaran Medal of Honor of the National University of San Marcos (2015), and the Honorary Diploma of the Congress of the Republic of Peru (2016). Professor Domingo received honorary doctorates in law from the Inca Garcilaso University in 2012, and the Saint Ignatius Loyola University (USIL) in 2016.

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

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

"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)