W. Cole Durham Jr. – BYU J. Reuben Clark Law School

W. Cole Durham Jr.

Susa Young Gates University Professor of Law; Founding 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.

Courses Taught

  • Legal Issues in Health Care
  • Family Law
  • Property I
  • Legal Hist & Thought
  • Contemp Legal Theory
  • Comparative Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Law Consciousness History
  • Legal Writing II
  • Sex Discrimination Law
  • Water Law
  • Comparative Church & State
  • Adv Const Religion Clauses
  • Legal Writing I
  • Securities Litg
  • Contempory Legal Theory
  • Adv Constit Religion Clauses
  • Natural Law Tradition Seminar
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Adv Constitution Religion Clau
  • Comparative Constitution Law I
  • Compar Constitutional Law II
  • Continent Legal Traditions
  • Comp Constit Law
  • Comp Constitutional Law
  • Comp Church & State
  • Compar Legal Theory
  • Professional Seminar
  • Contemporary Legal Theory
  • Trade Bill
  • European Legal Inst
  • Directed Research (Durham)
  • Intern Human Rights
  • Comparative Constitutional Law
  • International Institutions
  • Advanced Comparative Law
  • Thesis
  • Problems Legal Philosophy
  • Jurisprudence
  • Comparative Church State
  • Intnl Human Rights
  • European Human Rights
  • Church & State in the United States
  • Int. Protection of Religious Freedom
  • International Human Rights
  • European Union Law
  • Perspectives on Law-Contem.Legal Theory
  • Advanced Comparative Law 1
  • Advanced Comparative Law 2
  • Advanced Comparative Law 3
  • Int'l Protection of Religious Freedom
  • U.S. Church & State
  • Perspectives on Law--Contem.Legal Theory
  • Advanced Comparative Law 4
  • U.S. Church and State
  • Law Practice Management
  • Advanced Comparative Law 5
  • Law Office Management
  • Natural Law Seminar
  • Int'l Human Rights
  • Law and Religion Colloquium
  • Adv Comparative Law 4
  • Introduction to American Law (LLM only)


  • J.D., Harvard University, 1975
  • B.A., Harvard University, 1972