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The Rutgers Journal of Law and Religion (RJLR) was the world's first online legal journal dedicated to the study of the dynamic interaction between law and religion. These distinct but interwoven social phenomena cannot be overstated in their historical impact and their interplay continues to define our modern world. The RJLR is proud to provide a global forum devoted to scholarly discussion and illumination of this cultural intersection.
Founded in 1999, the RJLR rapidly gained international recognition for its unique perspective and groundbreaking expositions. The RJLR publishes controversial and current articles relating law and religion. The RJLR stems from the realization that, as the world becomes figuratively smaller and secular constructs such as law become more complex, an understanding of the role of religion within this transformation has become more crucial than ever. The goal of the RJLR is to explore how law impacts different religions, and reciprocally, how various religions impact the law. In addition to these features, one of the most celebrated accomplishments of the RJLR is the Nuremberg Project. By agreement with the Cornell University School of Law, the RJLR serves as the main outlet for internet publication of selected files from the personal archive of General William J. Donovan, who served as special assistant to the U.S. chief of counsel during the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg. The International Military Tribunal was convened following the conclusion of World War II to hold accountable the principal perpetrators of the Holocaust. The tribunal addressed four counts: conspiracy, crimes against peace, war crimes (including genocide), and crimes against humanity. Under the agreement, the RJLR will analyze and solicit scholarly commentary on nearly 130 volumes of Nuremberg war-crime trial transcripts and documents.