Cole Durham
Susa Young Gates University Professor of Law;
Director, Center for Law and Religion Studies

Cole Durham is internationally known for his contributions to protecting religious freedoms.

The director of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies, W. Cole Durham, Jr. is Susa Young Gates University Professor of Law at J. Reuben Clark Law School. Professor Durham has received multiple honors, including appointment as co-chair of the OSCE Advisory Panel of Experts on Freedom of Religion or Belief, and service as vice president of the International Academy for Freedom of Religion and Belief.

A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, Professor Durham has been heavily involved in comparative constitutional law and church-state relations throughout his career. He has published widely on Comparative Law, has served in the past as the chair of both the Comparative Law Section and the Law and Religion Section of the American Association of Law Schools, and is a member of several U.S. and international advisory boards dealing with religious freedom and church-state relations.

Contact: 412 JRCB, BYU Law School, Provo, UT 84602 • (801) 422-6842 •
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Curriculum Vitae: View Cole Durham's Curriculum Vitae here.
  • JD from Harvard University. Class of 1975.
    Cum laude; Managing Editor, Harvard International Law Journal; Note Editor, Harvard Law Review
  • BA from Harvard University. Class of 1972.
    Magna Cum Laude in Philosophy
Research Interests:
  • International Human Rights
  • Law & Religion
  • Religious Freedom
Classes Taught: Advanced Comparative Law, Advanced Comparative Law 2, Comparative Constitutional Law, Perspectives on Law - Contemporary Legal Theory