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

Essay “Is Nigel’s Biggar’s ‘What’s Wrong with Rights?’ sufficiently realistic?” on Canopy Forum

The opening paragraph of the essay reads as follows: "What’s Wrong with Rights is a superb book. If there is one subject that lends itself to interdisciplinary research, it is that of human rights. To the extent that lawyers have ever been able to claim a monopoly, those days are now well behind us. In this… Continue reading Essay “Is Nigel’s Biggar’s ‘What’s Wrong with Rights?’ sufficiently realistic?” on Canopy Forum

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

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!

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

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

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”

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

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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Easter Podcast: “Lifelines”

I recorded this Easter Podcast, entitled "Lifelines," for all my followers and friends on social media who take an interest in my work-in-progress, and whom I dearly miss in this time of quarantine and cancelations. Easter Podcast " "Lifelines"Download

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

Essay “A Natural Law Basis for Human Rights?” on Canopy Forum

The opening paragraph of the essay reads as follows: "Attempts by the United States State Department’s Commission on Unalienable Rights to identify a subset of proper “unalienable rights” within the broader category of human rights are sometimes perceived as an almost reactionary effort. The adoption of a historical-philosophical perspective reveals that, on the contrary, even… Continue reading Essay “A Natural Law Basis for Human Rights?” on Canopy Forum

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

Critique of my recent article on the LSE Religion and Global Society interdisciplinary blog

Prof. Pryor (Campbell University) just published this fair and knowledgeable critique of my recent article on the London School of Economics Religion and Global Society interdisciplinary blog on 'The Natural Law and Natural Rights Tradition: A Foundation for Religious Freedom': Natural Rights, Natural Law, and a Conservative Renewal. From his blog post: "Ten Napel recognizes… Continue reading Critique of my recent article on the LSE Religion and Global Society interdisciplinary blog

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Upcoming Speaking Engagement: Conference on ‘Global Human Rights at Risk? Challenges, Prospects, and Reforms’, The Hague, 6-7 June 2019

On 6-7 June 2019, I will be participating in the above conference. My presentation is entitled 'The Codification of an Expanding Number of Human Rights and the Ideal of Self-Government.' During the presentation, I will, among other things, discuss the recent announcement by the U.S. Department of State of the establishment of a Department of… Continue reading Upcoming Speaking Engagement: Conference on ‘Global Human Rights at Risk? Challenges, Prospects, and Reforms’, The Hague, 6-7 June 2019

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

Guest Lecture on “Natural Law, Human Rights, and Religious Freedom”

UPDATE: Beautiful place to give a guest talk this morning: The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Distress in Heiloo, North-Holland. The lecture was on "Natural Law, Human Rights, and Religious Freedom." The audience consisted of a group of talented leaders of the Christian Democratic Youth Appeal. Other speakers during the weekend included Minister of  State… Continue reading Guest Lecture on “Natural Law, Human Rights, and Religious Freedom”