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

Panel Chair and Presenter, First Annual Conference, European Academy of Religion, Bologna, 5-8 March, 2018

'The European Academy of Religion (EuARe) is a research initiative launched under the high patronage of the European Parliament which offers an exchange platform to academies and scientific societies; associations; research centers and institutions; university labs, clusters, and departments; journals, publishers, media and scholars coming from Europe and the surrounding regions' (see https://www.europeanacademyofreligion.org/missionstatement). With over 900 participants, the… Continue reading Panel Chair and Presenter, First Annual Conference, European Academy of Religion, Bologna, 5-8 March, 2018

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, Whither Europe?

Blogpost ‘The European Parliament as Benchmark of Transconstitutionalism’ (2014)

The European Parliament is sometimes criticised as being weak compared to national parliaments, while the executive it is supposed to check is not as well-defined an antagonist as in national systems. Read here why viewing the European Union (EU) through this state-centred lens seems neither fitting nor fair: http://leidenlawblog.nl/articles/the-european-parliament-as-benchmark-of-transconstitutionalism.

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

Contribution to volume on ‘Rethinking Europe’s Constitution’ (2007)

'The beginnings of this book go back to 2003 when the editor asked the contributors and several others to participate in an expert meeting on the Draft Treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe, which at that time had just been made public. Subsequently, all went to work and towards the end of 2004 most participants… Continue reading Contribution to volume on ‘Rethinking Europe’s Constitution’ (2007)

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

Blogpost on Legitimation in a Post-Secular Age

  Could it be the case that the modern type of legitimation, complemented by a touch of pre-modern legitimation, suffices in a post-secular context as well? Read the full blogpost here: http://leidenlawblog.nl/articles/three-types-of-legitimation#.VJLnaAWXfpQ.link.

Law and Religion

Blogpost ‘A Historic Day for International Religious Freedom in the European Parliament’

The presentation of the first annual report of the European Parliament Working Group on Freedom of Religion or Belief marked a historic occasion, with the EU and the US joining forces for the first time in the field of international religious freedom. Read about the background of this development in my new blogpost for Leiden… Continue reading Blogpost ‘A Historic Day for International Religious Freedom in the European Parliament’