Peter Petkoff

Tutorial Fellow in Law and Director of Studies

Other affiliations

Faculty of Law


Dr Peter Petkoff is a Tutorial Law Fellow and a Director of the Religion, Law and International Relations Programme, a collaborative international research network at Regent's Park College, Oxford, and Managing Editor of the Oxford Journal of Law and Religion. He is Legal Consultant on Media Freedom and Freedom of Expression for the Representative on Freedom of the Media at the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Peter is involved in cutting edge research on the relationship between religion and politics and law and religion. In his capacity as Director of the Religion, Law and International Relations Programme at Regent’s Park College, Oxford, he brings together lawyers, policy makers, theologians, philosophers, social and political scientists and aims to develop innovative interdisciplinary strategies for studying law, religion and international relations from legal and theological perspectives.

He is currently writing a book for Oxford University Press on Holy Sites under International Law.

Through his work, he engages with academics, policy makers, lawyers, religious leaders and think tanks working in the field of religion and public life. In addition to academic his work has had impact on policy makers and on the ways religious communities articulate their public self-perception and their attitude to law, civic values, secularism and to their own internal normative systems. He belongs to several international research networks which study the broader questions of law and religion and religion and politics. He has extensive contacts with human rights lawyers as well as with Jewish, Islamic and Christian lawyers working in this area.

Peter Petkoff has joined Oxford from Brunel University London where as a Reader at the School of Law  he has been involved in developing an innovative programme in Intellectual Property Practice an Management for aspiring Patent and Trade Mark attorneys and modules on Philosophical Foundations of Intellectual Property, Comparative and European Media Law and Regulation and International Cultural Heritage Law.


Research Interests

Public and Private International Law

Law and Religion

Cultural Heritage Prortection

Human Rights

Media Law

Legal History

Canon Law

Religion and Sustainable Development within the G7 and G20 Agendas