Scientology's Legal System

(2019) 21:1 Marburg Journal of Religion 1

34 Pages Posted: 26 Aug 2018 Last revised: 22 Mar 2021

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Phil Lord

Lakehead University - Bora Laskin Faculty of Law; Carleton University - Department of Law; McGill University - Faculty of Law; York University - Osgoode Hall Law School

Abstract

This paper provides an overview of the legal system of the religion of Scientology. To the members of the religion, this legal system supersedes and fully displaces the mainstream legal system. Scientology’s legal system is self-contained and independent, with rules, enforcement mechanisms, and correctional facilities. The overview provided in this paper will be useful to courts and to further research in the nascent yet vital field of Scientological legal research.

Keywords: law and religion, religion, scientology, new religious movement, religion and law, cult, church, sociology

Suggested Citation

Lord, Phil, Scientology's Legal System. (2019) 21:1 Marburg Journal of Religion 1 , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3232113 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3232113

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