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.

Comparative Constitutional Law, Democracy, Dutch Politics

Co-editor, Regulating Morality. A Comparison of the Role of the State in Mastering the Mores in the Netherlands and the United States (2000)

About the book: 'The purpose of this volume is to compare the experiences of state efforts to control moral behavior in two countries (The Netherlands and the United States of America) by exploring the historical developments in regulating morality and the contemporary efforts to implement moral policies. The volume opens with an overview of the… Continue reading Co-editor, Regulating Morality. A Comparison of the Role of the State in Mastering the Mores in the Netherlands and the United States (2000)

Democracy, Law and Religion, Religion and Politics

NWO to finance research project ‘Religion Renegotiated: Faith-Based Organizations and the State in the Netherlands since the 1960s’

Pleased to have received a major grant recently from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) for the above research proposal, submitted by Prof.dr. J.C. (James) Kennedy as principal applicant, and myself as co-applicant. James Kennedy is an American historian who since 2007 has worked as professor of Dutch history since the Middle Ages at the… Continue reading NWO to finance research project ‘Religion Renegotiated: Faith-Based Organizations and the State in the Netherlands since the 1960s’

Law and Religion

Blogpost on ‘Freedom of associations’

A blogpost by Professor C. Scott Pryor of Regent University School of Law on the above topic generously makes mention of my recent, co-authored article on 'The State, Civil Society and Religious Freedom'. From the blogpost: 'Rights of associations--churches, families, organizations, etc.-- are an increasingly important concept as the depth of legal penetration by modern… Continue reading Blogpost on ‘Freedom of associations’