Fragmented universalism: the making of the right to freedom of religion at the European Court of Human Rights

Lisa Harms

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At the MPI, Lisa has been working on her doctoral dissertation, which she defended in September 2019. The thesis, entitled “Fragmented Universalism: The Making of the Right to Freedom of Religion at the European Court of Human Rights”, studies the influence of religious advocacy groups in international litigation. Examining litigation by a broad array of religious actors, including Muslims, Sikhs, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Evangelicals, Christian conservatives and Russian Orthodox representatives, the dissertation contributes to elucidating the complex entanglements of religion and (secular) law. It argues that power-relations, in which religious actors are embedded, are crucial in order to understand how these actors shape the law.   

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