Comparative Constitutional Law, Democracy, Law and Religion, Public Theology, Religion and Politics

Senior Fellow, Center for Religion, Culture, and Democracy

V0006611 Anthony Ashley Cooper, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury. Mezzotint by Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images images@wellcome.ac.uk http://wellcomeimages.org Anthony Ashley Cooper, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury. Mezzotint by W. T. Davey, 1851, after F. Bird. By: W. T. DaveyPublished: - Copyrighted work available under Creative Commons Attribution only licence CC BY 4.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ I am honored… Continue reading Senior Fellow, Center for Religion, Culture, and Democracy

Comparative Constitutional Law, Democracy, Law and Religion, Public Theology, Religion and Politics, Whither Europe?

Chair, Author Meets Critique panel, Catholic Cosmopolitanism and Human Rights

Next Thursday, I have the pleasure of moderating a book panel on Dr. Leonard Taylor's book Catholic Cosmopolitanism and Human Rights (Cambridge University Press, 2020). The panel takes place during the hybrid annual conference of the European Academy of Religion. On the back cover, I wrote the following recommendation at the time: 'Catholic cosmopolitanism has… Continue reading Chair, Author Meets Critique panel, Catholic Cosmopolitanism and Human Rights

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Blogpost ‘Klassiekers democratische rechtsstaat #12: Hoe de bestuursstaat te rechtvaardigen blijft’

Er is niet veel historisch besef nodig om te weten dat de bestuursstaat al sinds zijn ontstaan een omstreden type democratische rechtsstaat is. Toch lijkt de kritiek recentelijk nog aan te zwellen, tot het punt waarop bijvoorbeeld in de VS een algehele ontmanteling dreigt. Aangenomen dat de bestuursstaat niet voor niets in het leven is… Continue reading Blogpost ‘Klassiekers democratische rechtsstaat #12: Hoe de bestuursstaat te rechtvaardigen blijft’

Comparative Constitutional Law, Democracy, Dutch Politics, Law and Religion, Public Theology, Religion and Politics, Whither Europe?

Summer reading and work in progress

Here is some of my summer reading for a new book after I finished my current list. The books stem from a list of introductory texts in natural law, Roman law, canon law, and legal history. Several other titles are on my Kindle; just Javier Hervada is rather tricky to get by here. The book… Continue reading Summer reading and work in progress

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Upcoming Speaking Engagement: Panel “Performance and Legitimacy of the Administrative State,” 2021 Mundo Conference, International Society of Public Law

It was nice to learn yesterday that this panel proposal, which I had submitted with some esteemed close colleagues, was accepted. The working title of my paper during the panel, which I will co-chair, reads: "The administrative state redeemed? Vermeule’s plea for more substantive constitutionalism as a recipe for a successful public law of the… Continue reading Upcoming Speaking Engagement: Panel “Performance and Legitimacy of the Administrative State,” 2021 Mundo Conference, International Society of Public Law

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Upcoming Speaking Engagement: Panel “Political Theory as a Resource for Political Challenges,” Eric Voegelin Society

I was delighted to accept an invitation to speak at the above panel last week. The panel is organized by the Eric Voegelin Society and traditionally takes place during the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, to be held in Seattle, Washington, from September 30 – October 3, 2021. The preliminary topic of… Continue reading Upcoming Speaking Engagement: Panel “Political Theory as a Resource for Political Challenges,” Eric Voegelin Society

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Author’s response to my review of “What’s Wrong with Rights?”

Last February, I had the pleasure of reviewing Prof. Nigel Biggar’s important new book. Prof. Biggar is Regius Professor of Moral and Pastoral Theology at the University of Oxford and Director of the McDonald Centre for Theology, Ethics, and Public Life. We met in the early stages of writing What’s Wrong with Rights when he… Continue reading Author’s response to my review of “What’s Wrong with Rights?”

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Overwegende…, ‘De Europese rechter en religieuze groepen’

Zojuist is nummer 1 2021 van het Tijdschrift voor Religie, Recht en Beleid online gezet. Het nummer bevat onder meer een Overwegende... van mijn hand over 'De Europese rechter en religieuze groepen'. In het Overwegende... leg ik uit waarom het niet onredelijk is te veronderstellen dat de institutionele dimensie van godsdienstvrijheid meer bescherming te verwachten… Continue reading Overwegende…, ‘De Europese rechter en religieuze groepen’

Comparative Constitutional Law, Democracy, Dutch Politics, Law and Religion, Public Theology, Religion and Politics, Whither Europe?

News release, “Hans-Martien ten Napel on Tocqueville and Modern Democracy”

"Recently, Hans-Martien ten Napel was in the news on the above subject several times. On 16 February, Hans-Martien ten Napel, together with Professor of Religion, Law, and Society at Radboud University Sophie van Bijsterveld, contributed to a Radboud Reflects’ programme on what the French philosopher Alexis de Tocqueville would think of modern Dutch democracy. A podcast and… Continue reading News release, “Hans-Martien ten Napel on Tocqueville and Modern Democracy”

Comparative Constitutional Law, Democracy, Dutch Politics, Law and Religion, Public Theology, Religion and Politics, Whither Europe?

Video, programma “Tocqueville en de moderne democratie” van Radboud Reflects

"Wat zou de Franse filosoof Alexis de Tocqueville vinden van de moderne Nederlandse democratie? De politieke participatie daalt al jaren en het vertrouwen in de politiek neemt af. Volgens Tocqueville kon een democratie niet functioneren zonder sociale gelijkheid en actief burgerschap. Ontbreekt de democratische bezieling in ons land? Is het tijd voor een nieuwe politieke… Continue reading Video, programma “Tocqueville en de moderne democratie” van Radboud Reflects