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

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)

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

Signatory to Amicus effort in Lautsi case before European Court of Human Rights (2010)

In 2010, Notre Dame Professor of Law Paolo Carozza led 'a group of more than 50 law professors from 15 countries who have submitted written comments asking the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights to overturn a seven-judge panel’s ruling that crucifixes may not be displayed in Italian classrooms. (...) “The challenges of… Continue reading Signatory to Amicus effort in Lautsi case before European Court of Human Rights (2010)

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

Chapter on ‘The Boundaries of Faith-Based Organizations in Europe’ in forthcoming Research Handbook on Law and Religion

The description of the edited volume reads as follows: 'Offering an interdisciplinary, international and philosophical perspective, this comprehensive Handbook explores both perennial and recent legal issues that concern the modern state and its interaction with religious communities and individuals. Providing in-depth, original analysis the book includes studies of a wide array of nation-states, such as… Continue reading Chapter on ‘The Boundaries of Faith-Based Organizations in Europe’ in forthcoming Research Handbook on Law and Religion

Democracy, Religion and Politics, Whither Europe?

Opinion Article: ‘Can Christian Democracy Save America from Trump?’

'Religious conservatism doesn’t have to be populist. It has played an important role for democracy and dignity in Europe – and can do so in the US, too.' The article is co-written by Carlo Invernizzi-Accetti, assistant professor of political science at the City College of New York and author of What is Christian Democracy? Politics, Religion… Continue reading Opinion Article: ‘Can Christian Democracy Save America from Trump?’

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

Upcoming Speaking Engagement: Annual Conference of the European Academy of Religion, Bologna, March 5-8, 2018

I will be speaking on the topic of 'Comparative Constitutional Law and Natural Law.' The abstract reads as follows: During the last decade or so the discipline of comparative constitutional law has experienced phenomenal growth. Handbooks in the field have become truly global in outlook. With the globalization of comparative constitutional law, the question arises… Continue reading Upcoming Speaking Engagement: Annual Conference of the European Academy of Religion, Bologna, March 5-8, 2018

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

Book on Constitutionalism, Democracy and Religious Freedom. To Be Fully Human now published

About the book: 'In both Europe and North America it can be argued that the associational and institutional dimensions of the right to freedom of religion or belief are increasingly coming under pressure. This book demonstrates why a more classical understanding of the idea of a liberal democracy can allow for greater respect for the… Continue reading Book on Constitutionalism, Democracy and Religious Freedom. To Be Fully Human now published

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

Article ‘This Map Of The State Of Religious Freedom Around The World Is Chilling’

From the article: 'In many countries around the world, it remains difficult for people of all religions to practice their faith freely. And in others, it’s getting harder. A Pew Research Center report released Tuesday shows that the number of countries with high levels of religious restrictions ― either from the government or from hostile… Continue reading Article ‘This Map Of The State Of Religious Freedom Around The World Is Chilling’

Democracy, Dutch Politics, Law and Religion, Religion and Politics, Whither Europe?

Lid, promotiecommissie, D. van der Blom, ‘De verhouding van staat en religie in een veranderende Nederlandse samenleving’, 6 juli 2016

'Door sterk gewijzigde maatschappelijke ontwikkelingen is voor de verhouding van staat en religie in Nederland de laatste decennia meer publieke belangstelling ontstaan dan ooit kon worden voorzien. Daarnaast is deze belangstelling langzamerhand een vraagstuk geworden die belangrijk is voor zowel de Nederlandse samenleving als andere Europese natiestaten.' Lees hier meer: https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/onderzoek/onderzoeksoutput/rechtsgeleerdheid/de-verhouding-van-staat-en-religie-in-een-veranderende-nederlandse-samenleving. Ph.D. Thesis Committee Member For:… Continue reading Lid, promotiecommissie, D. van der Blom, ‘De verhouding van staat en religie in een veranderende Nederlandse samenleving’, 6 juli 2016

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

Participant, expert seminar ‘Religious Pluralism and Human Rights in Europe: Where to Draw the Line?’, Netherlands Institute of Human Rights, Utrecht (9-10 May 2006)

‘"How should we deal with religious pluralism in contemporary Europe from a human rights perspective and where should we draw the line, if any?" This was the central question of an expert seminar held in 2006 at Utrecht University to celebrate the inaugural address of Abdullahi An-Na’im, who occupied the G.J. Wiarda Chair at the… Continue reading Participant, expert seminar ‘Religious Pluralism and Human Rights in Europe: Where to Draw the Line?’, Netherlands Institute of Human Rights, Utrecht (9-10 May 2006)