Faculty of the Professions, Research Unit for the Study of Society, Law and Religion
The Research Unit for the Study of Society, Law and Religion (RUSSLR) is a significant strategic initiative for the University of Adelaide and the nation. RUSSLR is the first centre or institute in Australia to study the relationship between society, law and religion – putting it at the leading edge in Australia of what is already a major research area worldwide.
RUSSLR's principal objective is to create a space for dialogue on significant issues involving the relationship between society, law and religion in Australia. We seek to foster an environment where divergent views can be expressed with good will and respect. Based upon this objective, RUSSLR’s principal research aims include robust debate on:
- the role of religion in both creating and solving current social, moral and ethical issues;
- the protection of human rights, including freedom of religion and privacy;
- religious fundamentalism;
- the role of religion in education; and
- citizenship and migration.
In exploring these issues, RUSSLR's focus includes secular and non secular perspectives. Within this framework, it aims to study the relationship between law and religion where:
- law acts as an arbiter between religion and society/state
- religion has some influence or potential influence upon law, such as in the case of moral goals and imperatives;
- religions have their own legal systems, such as Judaism, Islam and Hinduism;
- secular law applies to modern society.