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Rafael Domingo

Spruill Family Professor of Law and Religion

Areas of Expertise

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


Roman Law, Legal Theory, Global Law, Canon Law


Rafael Domingo (born 1963; LLB and PhD University of Navarra) 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 Alvaro d'Ors 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, Bulgarian, 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), Global Law and Christianity (Routledge, 2020); Law and the Christian Tradition in Italy (Routledge, 2020), and Law and Christianity in Latin America (Routledge, 2021). 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.