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Religion and the European Court of Human Rights

Grassrootsmobilise Public Event & Conference

3-4 May 2018 – Athens, Greece

The European public square has, in the last twenty-five years and increasingly so, been inundated with controversies and debates around the place of religion in the public sphere. Against this backdrop the European Court of Human Rights has emerged to add its own voice and, in so doing, it has significantly influenced the terms of the debates.

This event brings together former ECtHR judges and scholars to debate the question of whether the Court has gone too far, or not far enough, in its interventions on religion-related matters. The event is organised under the auspices of the European Research Council-funded Grassrootsmobilise Research Programme led by Dr. Effie Fokas and hosted by the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP). This event precedes a day-long conference showcasing research results which, in turn, will be followed by the presentation of the book The Kokkinakis Papers: Taking Stock of 25 years of ECHR Jurisprudence on Freedom of Religion or Belief.

We hope many of you will join us!

Public Event

Religion and Secularism:

does the Court go too far – or not far enough?

Thursday, 3 May 2018, 17:30-20:00, Acropolis Museum

SPEAKERS: Professor Eva Brems, Judge Ann Power-Forde,
                  Judge Christos Rozakis, Professor Joseph H. H. Weiler


Between state and citizen:

religion at the ECtHR

Friday, 4 May 2018, 09:30-19:00, Aigli Zappeiou


Nicos Alivizatos
Dia Anagnostou
Liviu Andreescu
Pasquale Annicchino
Panos Bitsaxis
Grace Davie
Panayote Dimitras
Cole Durham
Malcolm Evans
Silvio Ferrari
Effie Fokas
Alberta Giorgi
Jeremy Gunn
Lisa Harms
Yannis Ktistakis
Margarita Markoviti
Ronan McCrea
Christopher McCrudden
Ceren Ozgul
Mihai Popa

Grégor Puppinck
Julie Ringelheim
Ahmed Shaheed
Brett Scharffs

Renáta Uitz
Marco Ventura
Lucy Vickers

Andrea Williams

Both the event and the conference are free and open to all, but conference participants must register by 27 April 2018.



*Certificates of participation will be available upon request.

Alexia Mitsikostas (Programme Manager)