Tuesday, 20 March 2018

16h30 – 18h00
Room RS 204
58 rue du Port / Lille

Human Rights v. Religion

A Case for Public Education

Rashad Ibadov

Dr. Assistant Professor of Law

ADA University, Baku

How does religion challenge the human rights discourse?  How to conceptualize freedom of religion within a multicultural state? How to solve the inner tension between religious claims and the State neutrality? In multicultural liberal societies, particularly in Western Europe, the relationship between religion and the State has become considerably controversial and complex due, inter alia, to various political, social, ideological and legal factors. The concept of neutrality, arguably the most plausible justification for modern liberal states, has been initially developed to overcome these complexities, although, it has not been coherent and consistent in administering the pluralistic nature of religious claims in the public domain. Hence, this lecture aims at clarifying a conception of constitutional neutrality that recognizes equal permissible room to reasonable religious claims, particularly when (1) they result from the exercise of voluntary individual initiatives; (2) they do not contradict the fundamental (civic and autonomy based) aims of modern public education; and (3) they do not violate the fundamental rights and freedoms of others.

Dr. Rashad Ibadov is an Assistant Professor of Law at the School of Public and International Affairs, ADA University (formerly, Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy), where he teaches ‘Legal and Political Theory’, ‘Public Law’, ‘International Human Rights Law’ and ‘EU Law’ courses. Mr. Ibadov received his Doctor of Laws (LL.D) from the European University Institute in Florence, Italy (2013). He has been a doctoral visiting fellow at the Graduate Program of Harvard Law School (2009-2010), and for the previous year a visiting scholar at Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley. He has an LL.M degree from the Faculty of Law, Lund University, Sweden (2004-2006), and LL.B degree (high honor) from the School of Law and Social Sciences, Khazar University, Baku, Azerbaijan (1999-2003). His areas of research interests include law and religion, political philosophy, legal theory, constitutional law, citizenship and international human rights law. Rashad won number of prestigious scholarships, such as, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Italy Ph.D. Scholarship (2006-2010); the Swedish Development and Co-operation Agency (SIDA) LL.M Scholarship (2004-2006); Erasmus Mundus IMRCEES Visiting Teaching Scholarship (2014); Civil Society Scholar Award (2014 – 2015) and the Raul Wallenberg Institute scholarship for the traineeship at the International Bar Association in London (April/September, 2006).

Conveners and Discussants

Dr Valentina Volpe – Dean Ioannis Panoussis

Co-directors Master in Human Rights, Security and Development – FLD


Noémie Delli-Vaneecloo – c3rd@univ-catholille.fr

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Article édité le 19 mars 2018