Jeroen Temperman receives EUR Fellowship

Professor Jeroen Temperman, endowed professor of international Law and religion (Department of International and European law), has been awarded an EUR Fellowship, enabling him to carry out a four-year research project entitled “Corporate Freedom Of / From Religion? An International Human Rights Analysis”.

This project investigates fundamental rights collisions in pluralist societies, particularly clashes between emerging "corporate religious freedom" claims and the fundamental rights of others, for instance LGBT rights. In addition to corporate piety, policies of secular companies are investigated, whose entrepreneurial "freedom from religion" claims may collide with free religious manifestations in the workspace, such as the use of religious attire.

This is his second EUR Fellowship: in 2010 he was granted the Fellowship for his project “The Prohibition of Advocacy of Religious Hatred in International Law”. Jeroen Temperman has received a number of prizes and grants, such as a Fulbright Scholarship (KNAW) in 2014, a Research Excellence Initiative grant (joint principal applicant), and was selected by Erasmus University in 2013 as a member of Young Erasmus, a network of excellent young researchers. He is also the editor-in-chief of Religion & Human Rights: An International Journal and a member of the Panel of Experts on Freedom of Religion or Belief of the Organization for Safety and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

Having a combined educational background in (international) law (from EUR), international human rights law and democratization (from European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratization, Venice, Italy; and a Ph.D. in human rights law from Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University of Ireland, Galway), and undergrad and graduate degrees in Humanist Studies (from the University for Humanist Studies, Utrecht, Netherlands), he concentrates his research on questions of law & religion. He has authored numerous articles in international journals and (co)authored and edited seven books on international human rights law, including most recently Blasphemy and Freedom of Expression (Cambridge University Press, 2017) and Religious Hatred and International Law (Cambridge University Press, 2016).