Joel Harrison

Associate in Law

Office: Jerome Greene Hall, Room 509
435 West 116th Street
New York N.Y. 10027
Tel: 212-854-2722
  • LL.B., University of Auckland, 2006
  • B.A., University of Auckland, 2006
  • M.St. in Legal Research, University of Oxford, 2010
  • D.Phil. Candidate in Law, University of Oxford

Joel’s scholarship focuses on law and religion, human rights, and constitutional law.

He received his first law degree from the University of Auckland, serving on the editorial board of the Auckland U. L. Review and graduating as a senior scholar in law. After law school, he clerked for the Hon. Justice Grant Hammond of the Court of Appeal of New Zealand and was a Teaching Fellow at Victoria University, Wellington. He was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand in 2007. In 2008 he worked as a Legal and Policy Advisor at the New Zealand Law Commission, focusing on sentencing reform. He was then awarded a Woolf Fisher scholarship to read for a doctorate in law at the University of Oxford, Magdalen College. While at Oxford, Joel was a Graduate Teaching Assistant in Public Law and he taught Constitutional Law at Lady Margaret Hall and Harris Manchester College.


The Resurgence of “Religion”: Definitions, Commodities, and the Zero-Degree Dialectic in Religious Rights Jurisprudence, in I Nuovi Diritti Dell’Uomo: Le Sfide Della Società Plurale 97(Andrea Pin ed., 2012).

Book Review, “Law and Religion in Europe” by Norman Doe and “Religion and the Public Order of the European Union” by Ronan McCrea, 1 Ox. J. Law Religion 311 (2012).

Truth, Civility, and Religious Battlegrounds: The Contest Between Religious Vilification Laws and Freedom of Expression, 12 Auckland U. L. Review 71 (2006).