Research fields

Bibliography on the Theoretical Framework



ADAMS, M. & OVERBEEKE, A., “The Constitutional Relationship between Law and Religion in the History of Ideas: A Contemporary European Perspective”, Global Jurist 2008, Vol. 8 : Iss. 3 (Topics), Article 4, 24 p.


AHDAR, R., LEIGH, I., Religious Freedom in the Liberal State, Oxford, OUP, 2005, 446 pp.


RELIGARE INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR - Religious communities & State support, 27 June 2012, Strasbourg, France

27/06/2012 08:30
27/06/2012 17:00

Venue: European Parliament, Strasbourg (France), “Winston Churchill” entrance, Room: N1.2

Date: 27th June 2012


This scientific event will focus on the key elements of the denominational law and theological principles specific to the Catholic, Protestant, Jewish and Muslim religions and dealing with the financing of religious communities.

Religion in the Media - Religious Broadcasting and the Role of the State

26/04/2012 09:00
26/04/2012 18:00

Venue: Boekman Foundation, Herengracht 415, 1017 BP Amsterdam

Organization: This event is co-organised by the department of Constitutional and Administrative Law of the Free University of Amsterdam (VISOR) and PRISME-SDRE (CNRS, University of Strasbourg, France).


SEMINAR FOR JUDGES: The judiciary facing religious pluralism in family matters

05/12/2011 09:00
06/12/2011 13:30

Organizers: Organised by RELIGARE and the Institute for Judicial Training.


RELIGARE researchers focusing on the thematic research area ‘The Family’ organised a seminar for judges in Brussels on 5th- 6th December 2011. The purpose of the event was to generate a dialogue between judges of various countries and the RELIGARE team. The seminar included around 30 participants of whom half were judges drawn from Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Turkey and the UK.

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE - Religious Perspectives on the Public Sphere: Neutrality, Pluralism and the Secular

12/12/2011 20:00
15/12/2011 17:00

Organizers: University of Milan (RELIGARE), Minerva Center for Human Rights, Tel Aviv University and the Center for Jewish Law and Contemporary Civilization, Cardozo Law School (New York, USA)



EVENING LECTURE: Cross-border family cases and religious diversity: What can/must judges do?, 5 December 2011, Brussels, Belgium

05/12/2011 18:00
05/12/2011 20:00

Organizers: Organised by RELIGARE and the Institute for Judicial Training


Venue: Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), Place du Congrès 1, B-1000 Brussels, Belgium - Conference Room


The Evening Lecture on 'Cross-border family cases and religious diversity: What can/must judges do?' will be given by Maarit Jänterä-Jareborg, Professor and former Dean of the Faculty of Law of Uppsala University.


Policy Dialogue Meeting on ‘The Challenges of Religious Diversity in EU Law and Policy’, 30 June 2011, Brussels

On 30 June 2011, the European Parliament hosted the second RELIGARE Policy Dialogue Meeting on ‘The Challenges of Religious Diversity in EU law and Policy’, co-organised by CEPS, the Catholic University of Leuven and MEP Sophie In ’t Veld. The event brought academics together with policy makers from the European Parliament and Commission, members of civil society and religious organizations to debate ways to reconcile Europe’s growing diversity of religions and beliefs with its liberal democratic traditions.

EVENING LECTURE: Religion in the Public Space, 20 October 2011, Sofia, Bulgaria

20/10/2011 19:30
20/10/2011 21:30

Venue: Institute for Ethnographic and Folklore Studies at Bulgarian Academy of Science, Sofia, Bulgaria


Speakers: Professor Irene BECCI (Universität Bielefeld) and
Professor Lori BEAMAN (University of Ottawa)

Respondent: Professor Linda WOODHEAD (RELIGARE Advisory Board/Lancaster University)


In case you would like to register for the event, please send an e-mail with your details to:

Sociological Investigations

The research to be carried out in this team will focus in the first place on significant actors well acquainted with conflicts between religious and secular values in their countries, and who by shaping the ideological and political approaches to these conflicts influence policy-making on these issues. Interviews will cover issues/controversies related to conflicts between religious and secular values.

The State Support

The objective of the research in this team is, on the one hand, to reflect on the legitimacy for the State, and probably even its obligation, to continue the financial support of churches, religious and faith-based organisations in present-day context. Continuation of such support may, among others, enhance the risk of creating a disequilibrium between secular and religious values in Europe.

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