‘On Friday 12 March 2010 HiiL organised an expert meeting on the theme National Constitutions and Globalisation. The topic relates directly to HiiL’s research theme Transnational Constitutionality. This particular meeting was held in the concrete context of a possible amendment of the Dutch Constitution, and with a view to contributing insights to the work of the State Commission for Review of the Constitution (Staatscommissie Herziening Grondwet) which, at the request of the Dutch Government, is presently drafting a report on the desirability of amending the Dutch Constitution.’
For the seminar program, seminar report and more, see:
‘HiiL Innovating Justice helps turn the most promising and disruptive ideas into effective innovations by bringing together the best legal experts, cutting-edge technology, and new types of funding. We differ because we put the users of the justice system first.’
‘Modern, liberal democracies in the West living under the rule of law and protection of human rights cannot articulate the very values from which they derive their legitimacy. These pre-political and pre-legal preconditions cannot be guaranteed, let alone be enforced by the state, but constitute nevertheless its moral and spiritual infrastructure. Until recently, a common background and horizon consisted in Christianity, but due to secularisation and globalisation, society has become increasingly multicultural and multireligious. The question can and should be raised how religion relates to these sources of normative order in society, how religion, politics and law relate to each other, and how social cohesion can be attained in society, given the growing varieties of religious experiences. In this book, a philosophical account of this question is carried out, on the one hand historically from Plato to the Enlightenment, on the other hand systematically and practically.’
My own chapter, co-authored with Florian H. Karim Theissen, is entitled ‘Taking Pluralism Seriously: The US and the EU as Multicultural Democracies’.