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Upcoming Speaking Engagement: The International Forum on the Future of Constitutionalism Global Summit | January 12-16, 2021

The Global Summit is an initiative by my colleague Richard Albert, the William Stamps Farish Professor in Law, Professor of Government, Director of Constitutional Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, and Founder & Director of the International Forum on the Future of Constitutionalism. Attendance at the Global Summit is free to all. Plenary speakers… Continue reading Upcoming Speaking Engagement: The International Forum on the Future of Constitutionalism Global Summit | January 12-16, 2021

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

As for so many, 2020 has been unique and, in some ways, a tough year. Nevertheless, professionally, there are (again) reasons to be thankful. The following ten highlights may illustrate this: - the collaboration with Prof. Sophie van Bijsterveld of the Radboud University Nijmegen in the realization of a Dutch-language volume on ideas for state and… Continue reading Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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Temporarily 20% off my book on Constitutionalism, Democracy and Religious Freedom. To Be Fully Human at Routledge

I am making progress in writing a new monograph in English and just published a co-edited Dutch-language volume on Tocqueville's relevance for the current debate on the future of liberal democracy. Nevertheless, on this Human Rights Day, I would like to draw attention to my previous book, Constitutionalism, Democracy and Religious Freedom. To Be Fully… Continue reading Temporarily 20% off my book on Constitutionalism, Democracy and Religious Freedom. To Be Fully Human at Routledge

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Tutorial “The U.S. Constitution”

Such a privilege to be currently teaching an eight-week elective course on the U.S. Constitution for Master's students in Constitutional and Administrative Law. Read the tutorial description here: Of course, it is extra fun to immerse oneself in American constitutional law in an election year. In this tutorial, however, we will not just go into… Continue reading Tutorial “The U.S. Constitution”

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Work in progress: Contribution to Handbook of Public Theology

This month I will be revising the first draft of my contribution to the forthcoming T&T Clark Handbook of Public Theology. The topic of my article is: 'Liberal Democracy.' For more information on the Handbook, see https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/tt-clark-handbook-of-public-theology-9780567692160/.  

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

Work in progress: Review essay on “What’s Wrong with Rights”

Looking forward to reading a review copy of Nigel Biggar’s What’s Wrong with Rights this month. Having met the author in the early stages of this book project, I am curious about the result and hope to report on my findings in an online review essay later this year. From the description of the book:… Continue reading Work in progress: Review essay on “What’s Wrong with Rights”

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Guest Lecturer, Module Law and Politics, Theological University Kampen / Gastdocent module Politiek en Recht, Theologische Universiteit Kampen

I am already looking forward to co-teaching a module on Politics and Law in the newly developed Religion and Society Track of the Bachelor Theology at the Theological University Kampen during the academic year 2021-2022. Tijdens het academisch jaar 2021-2022 hoop ik als gastdocent mijn medewerking te verlenen aan de module Politiek en Recht uit… Continue reading Guest Lecturer, Module Law and Politics, Theological University Kampen / Gastdocent module Politiek en Recht, Theologische Universiteit Kampen

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Guest Lecture on “Religion and the Public Realm” at Studium Generale Wageningen (2017)

On 18 April 2017, I gave a guest lecture at Wageningen University & Research on "Religion and the Public Realm." The description of the lecture read as follows: "Where does ‘private’ end and ‘public’ begin when it comes to religion? To explore this, we look at how states' approaches to secularization have been shaped. Is there… Continue reading Guest Lecture on “Religion and the Public Realm” at Studium Generale Wageningen (2017)

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Pentecost Podcast: “Taking Stock”

I recorded this Pentecost Podcast, entitled “Taking Stock,” to update everyone who takes an interest in my work-in-progress. There is much more to come in later editions of the podcast that I am currently planning. There will be thematic podcasts, podcasts in different languages, a podcast in which I will be talking with a guest,… Continue reading Pentecost Podcast: “Taking Stock”

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Meinungsbeitrag ‘Die Demokratie ist bedroht, teilweise aufgrund ihrer eigenen Mängel’

Die Demokratie wird angegriffen und der Populismus ist der Feind. Das Problem liegt  aber auch in der liberalen Demokratie selbst, die zunehmend undemokratische Merkmale aufweist. Die Koronakrise macht es nur noch schlimmer. Seit etwa 2006 haben mehrere maßgebliche Berichte einen demokratischen Abschwung signalisiert. Die Schlagzeilen in den neuesten Ausgaben dieser Berichte sprechen wieder Bände. Freedom House ist… Continue reading Meinungsbeitrag ‘Die Demokratie ist bedroht, teilweise aufgrund ihrer eigenen Mängel’