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

Upcoming Speaking Engagement: 2017 ICON∙S Conference on ‘Courts, Power, and Public Law’, Copenhagen, July 5-7

  My two scheduled presentations during the conference are entitled: 'The European Court of Human Rights’ “constitutional morality” in the religious domain', and 'In Defense of the Classical Liberal Conception Regarding Religious Freedom'. About the general conference theme: 'The overarching theme of the ICON-S 2017 Annual Meeting will be “Courts, Power, Public Law”. The expanding… Continue reading Upcoming Speaking Engagement: 2017 ICON∙S Conference on ‘Courts, Power, and Public Law’, Copenhagen, July 5-7

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

Major New Report by the National Secular Society: Rethinking Religion and Belief in Public Life

'The report says that Britain's "drift away from Christianity" coupled with the rise in minority religions and increasing non-religiosity demands a "long term, sustainable settlement on the relationship between religion and the state". Rethinking religion and belief in public life: a manifesto for change has been sent to all MPs as part of a major… Continue reading Major New Report by the National Secular Society: Rethinking Religion and Belief in Public Life

Comparative Constitutional Law, Democracy, Dutch Politics

Affiliated Member, Center for the Study of Political Parties and Representation (CSPPR)

'The Centre for the Study of Political Parties and Representation aims to serve as an interdisciplinary platform for scholars of Leiden University for research focusing on the historical and contemporary operation and functioning of political parties and political representation, with a particular emphasis on ‘Modern Political Parties in Flux’, i.e. the causes and consequences of… Continue reading Affiliated Member, Center for the Study of Political Parties and Representation (CSPPR)

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

Upcoming Speaking Engagement, Journal of Law, Religion & State International Conference: Rule of Law – Religious Perspectives, Bar-Ilan University School of Law, Ramat-Gan, Israel

'The encounter of religion with the rule of law may generate tension but also mutual inspiration. The rule of law implies law's supremacy over other normative systems and personal commitments. It also implies that law applies to everyone equally. Religion represents a normative system that may in some areas be different from - and stand… Continue reading Upcoming Speaking Engagement, Journal of Law, Religion & State International Conference: Rule of Law – Religious Perspectives, Bar-Ilan University School of Law, Ramat-Gan, Israel

Comparative Constitutional Law, Democracy, Whither Europe?

Introduction to volume ‘The Powers That Be. Rethinking the Separation of Powers’ now available online

Abstract: 'The idea of the separation of powers has been subjected to criticism and competition ever since it first came to be during the upheaval of the English Civil War. In recent years the case has once again been stated that the idea of the separation of powers has lost its significance in a globalised… Continue reading Introduction to volume ‘The Powers That Be. Rethinking the Separation of Powers’ now available online

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)

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

Co-editor and co-author, volume The Powers That Be. Rethinking the Separation of Powers. A Leiden Response to Möllers (2015)

'Both democratic legitimacy and the separation of powers as concepts have very much evolved alongside the state and over the last decades the state has been giving up ground to other power holders, particularly international (and even supranational) actors. This brings up the question of whether the combination of these concepts is still viable outside… Continue reading Co-editor and co-author, volume The Powers That Be. Rethinking the Separation of Powers. A Leiden Response to Möllers (2015)

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

Respondent, The Atlantic Conversations on Religion and Public Life, St. George’s House, Windsor Castle (2007)

From the 'Welcome to St. George's House': 'This event is hosted by St George’s House in association with the Center of Theological Inquiry, Princeton. Our aim is to bring together a distinguished group of public leaders and scholars from the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and the United States of America to foster a trans-Atlantic dialogue… Continue reading Respondent, The Atlantic Conversations on Religion and Public Life, St. George’s House, Windsor Castle (2007)

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.