Category Archives: Whither Europe?

Chapter in forthcoming volume on Religion, Pluralism, and Reconciling Difference

The description of the volume, edited by W. Cole Durham Jr. and Donlu Thayer, reads as follows:

‘We live in an increasingly pluralized world. This sociological reality has become the irreversible destiny of humankind. Even once religiously homogeneous societies are becoming increasingly diverse. Religious freedom is modernity’s most profound if sometimes forgotten answer to the resulting social pressures, but the tide of pluralization threatens to overwhelm that freedom’s stabilizing force.

Religion, Pluralism, and Reconciling Difference is aimed at exploring differing ways of grappling with the resulting tensions, and then asking, will the tensions ultimately yield poisonous polarization that erodes all hope of meaningful community? Or can the tradition and the institutions protecting freedom of religion or belief be developed and applied in ways that (still) foster productive interactions, stability, and peace?

This volume brings together vital and thoughtful contributions treating aspects of these mounting worldwide tensions concerning the relationship between religious diversity and social harmony. The first section explores controversies surrounding religious pluralism from different starting points, including religious, political, and legal standpoints. The second section examines different geographical perspectives on pluralism. Experts from North and South America, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East address these issues and suggest not only how social institutions can reduce tensions, but also how religious pluralism itself can bolster needed civil society.’

For the table of contents of the volume, see: https://www.routledge.com/Religion-Pluralism-and-Reconciling-Difference/Jr-Thayer/p/book/9781472464071.

My chapter is titled: ‘Western “Civic Totalism”, Sovereignty of the People, and the Need for Limited Government’.

For more information, and to order, see: https://www.routledge.com/Religion-Pluralism-and-Reconciling-Difference/Jr-Thayer/p/book/9781472464071.

See also:

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

Blogpost ‘Religious Freedom, Eastern Ethical Monism, and Western “Civic Totalism”‘

International Conference on “The Rule of Law with Chinese Characteristics in Transition”

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

Nieuwsbericht ‘Hans-Martien ten Napel doceert Advanced Course over de Federalist Papers in VS’

“Van 19-22 juni jl. nam Hans-Martien ten Napel, universitair hoofddocent Staats- en bestuursrecht, deel aan Acton University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Acton University, dat jaarlijks wordt georganiseerd door het Acton Institute, is ‘a unique, four-day exploration of the intellectual foundations of a free society’. Er komen meer dan 1.000 cursisten op af uit de hele wereld en uit diverse sectoren van het maatschappelijke leven.

Ten Napel doceerde aan Acton University een ‘advanced course’ over ‘The Relevance of the Federalist Papers Today’. Deze lezing was o.m. gebaseerd op een bijdrage die hij leverde aan de onlangs verschenen bundel De Federalist Papers. Bakermat van het moderne constitutionalisme (Damon, 2018). De bundel is de eerste Nederlandstalige inleiding tot wat wel is genoemd ‘the most important book in political science ever written in the United States’, ‘a basic source of constitutional law’ en ‘a great classic of political theory’.”

Bron: https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/nieuws/2018/06/hans-martien-ten-napel-doceert-advanced-course-over-de-federalist-papers-in-vs.

Zie ook:

Advanced Course on ‘The Relevance of the Federalist Papers Today’

Participant, Acton University, June 20-23 2017, Grand Rapids, Michigan (II)

Participant, Acton University, June 20-23 2017, Grand Rapids, Michigan (I)

 

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

UPDATE: see also this press release in Dutch:

https://geloofindemocratie.nl/2018/07/04/boekrecensie-constitutionalism-democracy-and-religious-freedom-to-be-fully-human-2017/

Very grateful to Robert Joustra for taking the time to write this review of my book for the Review of Faith & International Affairs – worth the read also because of the other literature he references along the way and the difficult questions it raises:

https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/15570274.2018.1469823?journalCode=rfia20

‘The Review of Faith & International Affairs is published out of the Center on Faith & International Affairs (CFIA) at the Institute for Global Engagement.’

See also:

Press Release: ‘Hans-Martien ten Napel has book published “Constitutionalism, Democracy and Religious Freedom. To Be Fully Human”’

Interview on project on ‘Constitutionalism, Democracy and Religious Freedom’

Law and Religious Freedom Book Panel at the Annual Meetings of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature, Boston, Friday, November 17 at 4 PM – 6 PM EST

 

Call for Papers, Panel on Public Theology and its potential for Law and Religion scholarship

UPDATE: see for the call:

I am currently putting together a panel for the 2018 conference of the European Academy of Religion on the question of what, if anything, law and religion scholarship can learn from public theology works such as James K.A. Smith’s Awaiting the King. Anyone interested in joining the panel, please let me know. The draft description of the panel reads as follows:

This panel considers James K.A. Smith’s Cultural Liturgies (Desiring the King, Imagining the King, Awaiting the King) and discusses the potential for scholars in Law and Religion to engage with his public theology along the lines of the legal-theological approach as recently suggested by Stefanus Hendrianto in the journal Law and Method. The panel examines Smith’s reservations concerning natural law doctrine as can be found in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, among other traditions. It explores the potential to use perspectives from Smith’s public theology – in connection with other Christians thinkers such as Augustine – as a legal-theoretical alternative to ideas advanced by Ronald Dworkin and Jürgen Habermas. It will further consider the relevance of Smith’s work in the more general context of public administration. The organizers welcome paper proposals engaging other public theologies than Smith’s, as long as the focus remains on their potential for law and religion scholarship.

For information on the conference, see: https://www.europeanacademyofreligion.org/general-information

See also:

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

Upcoming Speaking Engagement: Annual Conference of the European Academy of Religion, Bologna, March 5-8, 2018

Law and Religious Freedom Book Panel at the Annual Meetings of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature, Boston, Friday, November 17, 2017, 4 PM – 6 PM EST (II)

 

Advanced Course on ‘The Relevance of the Federalist Papers Today’

In 2015, renowned progressive legal scholar Sanford Levinson published a book, entitled An Argument Open to All. Reading the Federalist in the 21st Century. In this lecture, we will look at some of Levinson’s findings regarding ‘the most important work in political science ever written in the United States’, and also ask ourselves the question: where does he go wrong?

I will be teaching the course as part of Acton University 2018, 19-22 June, Grand Rapids, MI.

Acton University is a unique, four-day exploration of the intellectual foundations of a free society. Guided by a distinguished, international faculty, Acton University is an opportunity to deepen your knowledge and integrate philosophy, theology, business, development – with sound, market based, economics.’

For more information, see: http://university.acton.org/course/relevance-federalist-papers-today

See also:

Participant, Acton University, June 20-23 2017, Grand Rapids, Michigan (I)

Participant, Acton University, June 20-23 2017, Grand Rapids, Michigan (II)

Bijdrage aan bundel De Federalist Papers. Bakermat van het moderne constitutionalisme (2018)

 

Bijdrage aan bundel De Federalist Papers. Bakermat van het moderne constitutionalisme (2018)

‘De Federalist Papers worden zeer geprezen door vele presidenten van de V.S., waaronder Washington, Jefferson en Theodore Roosevelt. Het Amerikaanse Hooggerechtshof citeert er tot op de dag van vandaag regelmatig uit als maatgevend voor de uitleg van de Constitutie. En politiek historicus Clinton Rossiter noemt ze ‘the most important work in political science that has ever been written, or is likely ever to be written, in the United States.’ Een werk dat volgens Tocqueville, de auteur van hét standaardwerk over democratie, ‘overal ter wereld gelezen zou moeten worden door wie in politiek en recht is geïnteresseerd’. In deze bundel worden de Federalist Papers, voor het eerst in de geschiedenis van de Lage Landen, voor een Nederlandstalig publiek ingeleid en becommentarieerd.’

Bron: https://www.damon.nl/book/de-federalist-papers#product_description.

Op deze plaats kan ook worden doorgeklikt naar de inhoudsopgave en de inleiding van de buindel.

Mijn eigen bijdrage aan de bundel, die onder redactie staat van Paul de Hert, Andreas Kinneging en Gerard Versluis, is getiteld: ‘Think for yourselves? N.a.v. Sanford Levinson, An Argument Open to All. Reading The Federalist in the 21st Century (2015)’.

Een niet-definitieve versie versier van deze bijdrage, zonder notenapparaat, valt te lezen in een eerdere reeks posten op dit blog:

Bijdrage t.b.v. symposium The Federalist Papers (VI, slot): Levinson, de bloedverwant

Zie voorts:

Upcoming Speaking Engagement: Symposium The Federalist Papers, Brussel, 20 april 2017

Participant, ‘Great Transformations: Political Science and the Big Questions of Our Time’, 2016 APSA Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, September 1-4