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The Ambiguous Relationship Between Religious Minorities and Fundamental (minority) Rights

The Ambiguous Relationship Between Religious Minorities and Fundamental (minority) Rights
  • Jaar van uitgave 2011
  • 115 pagina's
Auteur:K. Henrard
Rubriek: Juridisch Algemeen
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On 29 October 2010 Kristin Henrard accepted the position of extra-ordinary professor on minority protection at the Erasmus School of Law, a chair which is funded by the Trustfonds of the Erasmus University Rotterdam.
In her inaugural speech, Henrard first of all revisits the relationship between and temporal evolution of general (human) rights and special (minority specific) rights, by showing how fundamental rights were originally conceived for and tailored towards the needs of (religious) minorities.
In the second part of her inaugural address she exposes the ambiguous relationship between religious minorities and fundamental (minority) rights. Indeed, while religious minorities, and the protection they were considered to need, may have triggered the emergence of both general human rights and special minority rights, subsequently their special needs (in terms of human dignity, identity and substantive equality) were neglected, and this in terms of both general human rights and special minority rights. She consequently calls for a redress of the current imbalance – more particularly by a refinement of the existing norms.




Kristin Henrard (1970) worked since April 2007 as associate professor at the Department of Constitutional and Administrative Law of the Erasmus School of Law and previously as associate and assistant professor at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen. From February 2005 to May 2010 she worked on her VIDI-project which was granted by N.W.O. regarding the implications for minority protection of the Race Directive. Between March 2005 and March 2010 she was member of The Young Academy of the Dutch Academy of Science. She obtained her doctoral degree at the Catholic University of Leuven in 1999, after having pursued an L.L.M. at Harvard Law School (1995).

Her expertise and areas of interest include the prohibition of discrimination, duties of reasonable accommodation, religious rights, educational rights, language rights, participatory rights and also more theoretical doctrines, like the margin of appreciation of states, conflicting rights etc.