Norman Doe

Norman Doe, DCL (Lambeth), LLD (Cambridge) is from the Rhondda in south Wales, and studied Law at University College Cardiff; Theology at Mansfield College, Oxford; and completed his PhD in Law at Magdalene College, Cambridge. He was Called to the Bar at the Middle Temple London. He is a Professor of Law at Cardiff University and Director of its Centre for Law and Religion. 

His books include Fundamental Authority in Late Medieval English Law (Cambridge, 1990), The Legal Framework of the Church of England (Oxford, 1996), Canon Law in the Anglican Communion (Oxford, 1998), The Law of the Church in Wales (Cardiff, 2002), An Anglican Covenant (Canterbury Press, 2008), Law and Religion in Europe (Oxford, 2011), The Legal Architecture of English Cathedrals (Routledge, 2017), Comparative Religious Law: Judaism, Christianity, Islam (Cambridge, 2018), and Christian Law (Cambridge, 2013). The last of these books formed the basis of the Statement of Principles of Christian Law, formulated by an ecumenical panel from ten Christian traditions (Rome 2016), for discussion within the World Council of Churches.

A Visiting Professor at Paris University since 1999, Norman was Visiting Fellow/Scholar at Trinity College, Oxford (2011), Corpus Christi College, Oxford (2015), and Jesus College, Oxford (2018). He is a founding member of the Colloquium of Anglican and Roman Catholic Canon Lawyers (1990) and, under the auspices of the Centre for Law and Religion, of the Interfaith Legal Advisers Network (2007) and the Law and Religion Scholars Network (2008). He is also a member of various editorial boards including that of the Ecclesiastical Law Journal and is editor-in-chief of the Routledge Research Series in Law and Religion. 

Norman proposed and produced drafts which led to the launch at the Lambeth Conference 2008 of The Principles of Canon Law Common to the Churches of the Anglican Communion, and served on the Lambeth Commission (2003-2004). He also acts as an ecclesiastical judge of a consistory court in the Church in Wales as the Chancellor of the Diocese of Bangor. He is Director of the LLM in Canon Law at Cardiff Law School, which he set up in 1991. In 2020 he was elected Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales and also as Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. 

During his Visiting Fellowship at Clare Hall, Norman is working at various libraries gathering material for a book on the history of ecclesiastical law in England since the Reformation.