Speakers

The conference will begin with the evening session and reception on Thursday, 16 June, and end in the evening on Saturday, 18 June. The programme will include academic panels, roundtables focused on current issues and plenary sessions. Speakers include the following:

  • Hovhannes Hovhannisyan, Department of the History of Religions, Faculty of Theology, Yerevan State University; Associate Professor, American University of Armenia, Armenia
  • Naira Sahakyan, PhD Candidate, Chair of Arabic Studies, Yerevan State University, Armenia
  • Vladimir D. Vardanyan, Head of the Legal Advisory Service, Constitutional Court of the Republic of Armenia, Armenia
  • Jan De Groof, Professor at the College of Europe (Bruges) and at the University of Tilburg (Netherlands); Government Commissioner at the University of Antwerp and Hasselt University; UNESCO Chargé de Mission, Belgium
  • Willy Fautré, Director, Human Rights Without Frontiers, Belgium
  • Leni Franken, FWO Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Antwerp, Belgium
  • Susan Kerr, Europe Advocacy Manager, Christian Solidarity Worldwide, Belgium
  • Vanja-Ivan Savić, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, Head of Legal Theory Department, University of Zagreb, Croatia
  • Alar Kilp, Lecturer in Comparative Politics, University of Tartu, Estonia
  • Merilin Kiviorg, Senior Research Fellow in Public International Law, University of Tartu, School of Law, Estonia
  • Katre Luhamaa, Research Fellow in Public International Law, University of Tartu, School of Law, Estonia
  • Lauri Mälksoo, Professor of International Law, Head of the Department of Public Law, University of Tartu, School of Law, Estonia,
  • Rev. Thomas-Andreas Põder, Extraordinary Associate Professor of Systematic Theology, Institute of Theology of the EELC, Estonia
  • Ringo Ringvee, Advisor, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Department of Religious Affairs, Professor (extraordinarius) of Comparative Religion, Theological Institute of the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church, Estonia
  • Olga Schihalejev, Associate Professor of Religious Education, University of Tartu, Estonia
  • Halliki Voolma, University of Cambridge Centre for Gender Studies, Estonia
  • Ingo Richter, Professor of Constitutional and Administrative Law, (em.),     Honorary Professor University of Paris-Nanterre and Tuebingen, Chairman of the Irmgard Coninx Foundation, Germany
  • Christos Tsevas, PhD Candidate, University of Strasbourg-France and Democritus University of Thrace-Greece; Member, Greek Asylum Appeals Committees, Greece
  • Renáta Uitz, Professor of Comparative Constitutional Law, Central European University, Hungary
  • Silvio Ferrari, Professor of Canon Law, University of Milan, Italy
  • Roberta Medda-Windischer, Group Leader/Senior Researcher, Institute for Minority Rights School of Human Rights), Italy
  • Bakyt Ospanova, PhD  candidate, International  Relations, L.N. Gumilyov Eurasian National University, Kazakhstan
  • Roman Podoprigora, Professor of Law, Caspian University, Kazakhstan, Kazakhstan
  • Saule Sarkenova, Senior Lecturer, Karaganda University, Kazakhstan
  • Ammar Younas, PhD Candidate, American University of Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan
  • Juris Rudevskis, Senior Lawyer, Research Division of the European Court of Human Rights, Latvia
  • Adriaan Overbeeke, Faculty of Law, Department of Constitutional and Administrative Law, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Jeroen Temperman, Professor of Public International Law, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • Sophie van Bijsterveld, Senator, Dutch Upper House of Parliament; Professor of Religion, Law, and Society, Radboud University, Netherlands
  • Tymen van der Ploeg, Professor Emeritus of Civil Law, Free University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Krystyna Bleszynska, Professor, Warsaw University of Life Sciences, Department of Social Sciences, Poland,
  • Kishan Manocha, Senior Advisor on Freedom of Religion and Belief, Human Rights Department, OSCE/ODIHR, Poland
  • Marek Szopski, Senior Lecturer, English Institute, Warsaw University, Poland
  • Piotr Szymaniec, Vice-Director of the Institute of Socio-Legal Studies, The Angelus Silesius University of Applied Science in Wałbrzych, Poland
  • Mikhail Antonov, Professor of Law and Director of the Department of Legal Theory and History, Higher School of Economics Moscow, Russia
  • Sergey A. Belov, Associate Professor of Constitutional and Administrative Law, Director of the Institute of Official Language, St. Petersburg State University, Russia
  • Aleksandr Anatol'evich Burov, Senior Researcher, State Museum of the History of Religion, Russia
  • Olga Ganina, Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, Volga region State University of Service, Russia
  • Olga Kudriashova, Associate Professor of Constitutional and Administrative Law, St. Petersburg State University, Russia
  • Maria Petrova, Lecturer, Oriental Studies, St. Petersburg State University, Russia
  • Ekaterina Samokhina, Professor, Faculty of Law, St. Petersburg University for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Russia
  • Lev Simkin, Professor of Law, Moscow State Academy for Intellectual Property, Russia
  • José Ferrer Sanchez, Professor, Peace and Conflicts Institute, Collaborating Peace and Conflicts Institute, Granada University, Spain
  • Enrique Montes Perez, President, Association Miraisme International, Switzerland
  • Bülent Senay, Professor of History of Religion and Culture, Uludag University; OSCE Human Rights Advisor, Turkey
  • Archpriest George Kovalenko, Head of Open Orthodox University of Saint Sophia-Wisdom, Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Ukraine
  • Olesia Otradnova, Vice-Dean for International Relations, Professor of Civil Law Department, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ukraine
  • Dmytro Vovk, Associate Professor of Religious Education, Yaroslav the Wise National Law University, Ukraine
  • Viktor Yelensky, Ministry of Culture Member of Verkhovna Rada (Parliament) of Ukraine and Head of Parliament’s Sub-Committee for Freedom of Conscience, Ukraine
  • Andriy Yurash, Director, Department for Religious Affairs and Nationalities, Ministry of Culture, Ukraine
  • Martin Browne, Associate Researcher, Barrister, Manchester International Law Centre, United Kingdom
  • Maria Smirnova, Research Associate, The University of Manchester School of Law, United Kingdom
  • Elizabeth A. Clark, Associate Director, International Center for Law and Religion Studies, Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School, United States
  • W. Cole Durham, Jr., Susa Young Gates University Professor of Law and Founding Director, International Center for Law and Religion Studies, Brigham Young University, United States
  • Jerry Pankhurst, Professor of Sociology, University of Wittenberg, United States
  • Maria Achton Thomas, PhD Candidate, Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore, United States
  • Jay D. Wexler, Professor of Law, Boston University, United States