Monthly Archives: July 2018

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 religious pluralism in contemporary Europe can’t be resolved through the false premise that banning religious symbols from public spaces is somehow a ‘neutral’ position,” Carozza said. “Pluralism must be achieved through a genuine dialogue among the religious traditions of the European peoples, a dialogue that becomes impossible if the symbols representing the historic traditions of the continent are excised from public life, including education.”

Working with European colleagues, Carozza assembled a coalition of prominent legal scholars from across Europe, including former constitutional court judges from three countries, to intervene as amicus curiae in the case. The group is being represented by The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. (…)

In their friend-of-the-court brief, the law professors argue that the panel’s ruling needlessly threatens the wide variety of religious symbols on display on public property all over Europe, including national flags, coats of arms, and public art. The professors also warn that the panel’s decision risks setting off a widespread conflict between government and religion. Given the wide diversity of religious practices across Europe, it makes little sense to try to create a secularist “common denominator.” Rather, they contend, the Court should give states substantial leeway to structure the church-state relationship in harmony with tradition, history and culture.

“One of the cornerstones of the construction of modern Europe was precisely the acceptance of a wide variety of practices regarding religion and public life in the various states of the region,” Carozza said. “The European Court of Human Rights has in its best moments been protective of that rich and important diversity of cultures among the peoples of Europe, but the Chamber in this case betrayed that ideal by imposing a very narrow and uniform model of what is required of the state.”’

Source: https://italianstudies.nd.edu/news/law-professor-carozza-organizes-amicus-effort-in-european-crucifix-case/.

You can read the brief, to which I was a signatory and which was rejected by the Court, here:

See also:

A Test of Faith? Religious Diversity and Accommodation in the European Workplace

Article in Muslim World Journal of Human Rights (2011)

Chapter in volume on Law and Religion in the 21st Century. Relations between States and Religious Communities (2010)

Masterprofileringsvak Vergelijkend Constitutioneel Recht over ‘Frontier Research’

De afgelopen editie van mijn masterprofileringsvak Vergelijkend Constitutioneel Recht stond in het teken van de ‘ILS Seed Money Grant for Frontier Research’ die ik vorig jaar ontving.

Wat vonden de deelnemers? Enkele opmerkingen uit de evaluatie onder studenten:

‘Erg actuele en heel interessante onderwerpen.

Een van de meest leerzame vakken van de master. Dit vak tilt de gehele master naar een hoger niveau. De manier van onderwijs daagt uit om na te denken. Zelden een docent zo enthousiast over zijn vakgebied gezien, dat wordt overgedragen op studenten.

De opzet van het college met aansluitend een discussie zorgt ervoor dat ontzettend veel interessante perspectieven besproken kunnen worden.

Het enthousiasme van de docent was bijzonder aanstekelijk en zorgde ervoor dat het onderwijs altijd interessant en leuk was.

Iedereen kreeg het woord. Er was ruimte voor het stellen van vragen. Kritische kijk werd gewaardeerd.

Enorm veel achtergrondkennis met een heldere uitleg op vragen.

Veel oefening in schrijven.

Omdat elke week minstens 1 opdracht ingeleverd moest worden, werd je gedwongen om alle stof goed te bestuderen en over na te denken. Dat maakt dat ik de stof me ook beter eigen maak.

Goede nuttige feedback werd gegeven.

Uitdagend is het vak zeker, maar dat is juist positief.’

Vak gemist of anderszins nog niet kunnen volgen? In het eerste semester heb je een nieuwe kans:

https://studiegids.leidenuniv.nl/courses/show/84389/profileringsvak-vergelijkend-constitutioneel-recht

Zie ook:

Press Release: ‘Twelve ILS seed money grants for frontier research at Leiden Law School’

Presenter and Discussant, ICON-S Conference ‘Courts, Power, Public Law’, University of Copenhagen, 5-7 July 2017 (II)

Masterprofileringsvak Vergelijkend Constitutioneel Recht / Master Elective Course on Comparative Constitutional Law

 

 

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 India and Turkey, which each have their own complex issues centred on law, religion and the interactions between the two. Longstanding issues of religious liberty are explored such as the right of conscientious objection, religious confession privilege and the wearing of religious apparel. The contested meanings of the secular state and religious neutrality are revisited from different perspectives and the reality of the international human rights protections for religious freedom are analysed.

Timely and astute, this discerning Handbook will be a valuable resource for both academics and researchers interested in the many topics surrounding law and religion. Lawyers and practitioners will also appreciate the clarity with which the rights of religious liberty, and the challenges in making these compatible with state law, are presented.’

The Research Handbook, to be published with Edward Elgar in September 2018, is edited by Rex Ahdar, Faculty of Law, University of Otago, New Zealand.

My own chapter is entitled: ‘The Boundaries of Faith-Based Organizations in Europe.’

Other contributors to the volume include: R. Albert, B.L. Berger, J.E. Buckingham, P. Dane, J. Harrison, M.A. Helfand, M. Hill, A. Koppelman, I. Leigh, J. Neo, Y. Rosnai, R. Sandberg, S.D. Smith, K. Thompson and F. Venter.

See for the full table of contents, and order information:

https://www.e-elgar.com/shop/research-handbook-on-law-and-religion.

See also:

Paper presentation during XXI World Congress of the International Association for the History of Religions

New volume on ‘Religion and Civil Society: The Changing Faces of Religion and Secularity’

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

 

Upcoming Speaking Engagement: The Fifth ICLARS Conference – Living Together in Diversity: Strategies from Law and Religion

The conference will take place at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (Departamento de Direito), Brasil, from 12-14 September 2018

I will be addressing the question: “Can natural law serve as foundation for a truly universal right to freedom of religion or belief?”

Other speakers during the conference include: Silvio Ferrari (University of Milan, Italy), Mark Hill (Cardiff University, United Kingdom), Ewelina Ochab (University of Kent), Ahmed Salisu Garba (Law Bauchi State University, Nigeria), Neil Foster (Newcastle Law School, Australia), Brett Scharffs (BrighamYoung University, USA), Rick Garnett (University of Notre Dame, USA), Javier Martínez-Torrón (Universidad Complutense de Madrid, España), John Inazu (Washington University, USA), Gerhard Robbers (Trier), Jan Figel (EU Special Envoy on Religious Freedom), Jessica Giles (The Open University, United Kingdom), Zachary Calo (Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar), Pieter Coertzen (Stellenbosch University, South Africa), Li-Ann Thio (National University of Singapore Faculty of Law, Singapore), and Cole Durham (Brigham Young University, USA).

For the full program, see:

http://www.iclars.org/event.php?event=14

See also:

Review of book on ‘Constitutionalism, Democracy and Religious Freedom. To Be Fully Human’

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

Paper presentation during third bi-annual ICLARS conference in Virginia, United States