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Hans-Martien ten Napel

Associate Professor

Name
Mr.dr. H.M.T.D. ten Napel
Telephone
+31 71 527 7710
E-mail
h.m.t.d.tennapel@law.leidenuniv.nl

Hans-Martien ten Napel is an Associate Professor of Constitutional and Administrative Law at Leiden University in the Netherlands, where he is also Research Fellow of the Leiden Law School. Before his transfer to the Law Faculty, he taught at the Department of Political Science, and was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University (Cambridge, MA).

More information about Hans-Martien ten Napel

Short professional biography

Hans-Martien ten Napel is an Associate Professor of Constitutional and Administrative Law at Leiden University in the Netherlands, where he is also Research Fellow of the Leiden Law School and Affiliated Member of the Center for the Study of Political Parties and Representation. In addition, he is a Member of the recently founded Netherlands Law and Religion Scholars Network and of the Netherlands Network for Human Rights Research. Before his transfer to the law faculty, he taught at the Department of Political Science, and was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University (Cambridge, MA).

He teaches the popular Bachelor of Laws elective course on the Law of Democracy and a Master of Laws elective course on Comparative Constitutional Law and served as a coach on the extracurricular Leiden Leadership Programme. In addition, he is currently co-supervising three PhD projects.

In 2013 a research proposal he co-authored, entitled ‘Religion Renegotiated: Faith-Based Organizations and the State in the Netherlands Since the 1960s', was granted a major subsidy by the Dutch Association for Scientific Research (NWO). In 2014 he was awarded a Research Fellowship in Legal Studies at the Center of Theological Inquiry (CTI) in Princeton, NJ, which enabled him to be in full-time residence at CTI for the academic year 2014-2015. In 2017 he received a 'seed money grant for frontier research' from the Leiden profile area Interaction Between Legal Systems.

His work has appeared in European Constitutional Law Review, European Public Law, Journal of Interreligious Studies, Journal of Markets and Morality, Muslim World Journal of Human Rights and Oxford Journal of Law and Religion. He was also co-editor and co-author of two recent volumes, Regulating Political Parties: European Democracies in Comparative Perspective (2014) and The Powers That Be. Rethinking the Separation of Powers (2015).

Since 2015, he is a member of the editorial board of the Tijdschrift voor Religie, Recht en Beleid (Journal for Religion, Law and Policy). In the spring of 2017 he published, as the fruit of his research fellowship and the NWO project, the monograph Constitutionalism, Democracy and Religious Freedom. To Be Fully Human (Routledge).

Conference Participation and Invited Talks (selection)

Participant, ‘The Quest for Legitimacy: Actors, Audiences, and Aspirations’, 2017 APSA Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, August 31-September 3, 2017

‘In Defense of the Classical Liberal Conception Regarding Religious Freedom’, presentation during Annual Conference of the International Society of Public Law on ‘Courts, Power, Public Law’, panel ‘The Separation of Civil and Religious Powers’, University of Copenhagen, 5-7 July, 2017

‘‘The European Court of Human Rights’ “Constitutional Morality” in the Religious Domain’, presentation during Annual Conference of the International Society of Public Law on ‘Courts, Power, Public Law’, panel ‘‘Effective Protection of Fundamental Rights in a Pluralist World’, University of Copenhagen, 5-7 July, 2017

Participant, Acton University Conference, Acton Institute, Grand Rapids, MI, June 20-23, 2017

‘Tussen populisme en technocratie. Sanford Levinson en de betekenis van de Federalist Papers in de 21e eeuw’ (‘Between Technocracy and Federalism. Sanford Levinson and the Significance of the Federalist papers in the 21st Century’), Symposium Federalist Papers, Belgian Senate, Brussels, 20 April 2017

Participant, ‘Identity in a Pluralistic Society. Cultural? Religious? Christian Identity?’, Distinguished Lecture Mgr. Willy Onclin Chair 2017, University of Leuven, 24th February 2017

'Christianity, Liberalism, and the Rule of Law', paper presentation during the Journal of Law, Religion and State Conference 2016 on 'Rule of Law - Religious Perspectives', Bar-Ilan University School of Law, Ramat-Gan, Israel, November 20-22, 2016

Participant, ‘Great Transformations: Political Science and the Big Questions of Our Time’, 2016 APSA Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, September 1-4, 2016

'Christianity and the Future of Religious Freedom', paper presentation during conference on 'Christianity and the Future of Our Societies', Association of Reformational Philosophy and Evangelische Theologische Faculteit, Leuven, Belgium, August 15-19, 2016

Participant, Annual Conference, ‘Borders, Otherness and Public Law’, International Society of Public Law, Humboldt University, Berlin, 17-19 June, 2016

'The "New Critics of Religious Freedom" and the Inspiration they Unintentionally Provide', presentation during the Cardiff Festival for Law and Religion Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the LLM in Canon Law at Cardiff University Including Law and Religion Scholars Network (LARSN) Annual Conference 2016, Cardiff University School of Law and Politics, Centre for Law and Religion, 5th and 6th May 2016

'The Classical Liberal Approach to Collective Religious Freedom: Sectarian or Inclusive?', presentation during XXI Quinquennial World Congress of the International Association for the History of Religions (IAHR), panel ‘Religion Renegotiated: Faith-Based Organizations and the State since the 1960s’, Erfurt, Germany, 23-29 August 2015

'On the Foundation and Limits of Liberal Democracy in an Uncertain World', presentation during  Annual Conference of the International Society of Public Law on ‘Public Law in an Uncertain World’, panel ‘The Modern Challenges of Democracy’, New York University School of Law, July 1-3, 2015

Participant, The Ninth Annual John F. Scarpa Conference on ‘Catholic Legal Theory: Aspirations,  Challenges, and Hopes’, Villanova University School of Law, April 24, 2015

Participant, Kuyper Center Annual Conference 2015 Pre-conference symposium 'Faith in the Work Place', April 16, 2015

Commentator, Annual Comparative Law Work-in-Progress Workshop, Co-sponsored by the American Society of Comparative Law; the Program in Law and Public Affairs, Princeton University; the University of Illinois College of Law and the UCLA School of Law, Princeton University, March 6-7, 2015

Participant, Annual Princeton ConLaw Schmooze, ‘The Constitution and Human Rights’, Princeton University, December 5-6, 2014

Commentator, Conference on ‘Religions, Rights, and Institutions’, Session 8 (‘Secular Carve-outs in a Religious World; Religious Carve-outs in a Secular World’), Princeton University’s Program in Law and Public Affairs and the Israel Democracy Institute, Princeton University, November 23-24, 2014

‘Imaginations From the Other Side. Assessing the Juncture between Law, History and Sociology in the Study of State-Religion Interlocutions’, presentation during inaugural conference of the International Society of Public Law on ‘Rethinking the Boundaries of Public Law and Public Space’, University of Florence, 26-28 June 2014. – With Leonard van ‘t Hul

‘Multiple Sovereignties and the Principle of Separation of Powers’, paper presentation during IXth World Congress of Constitutional Law, workshop ‘The Transformation of the Principle of the Separation of Powers’, University of Oslo, 16-20 June 2014

‘Creed or Structure? Christian Democratic Vision and Attitudes towards Liberal Democracy’, paper presentation during workshop on ‘Christian Democratic Ideology and Programmatic Development, 1945-2000’, Civitas. Forum of Archives and Research on Research on Christian Democracy, KU Leuven, 14-15 November 2013

Combining Efficiency and Transparency in the Legislative Process’, paper presentation during Third Global Conference on Transparency Research, HEC Paris, 24-26 October 2013. – With Reijer Passchier

‘Religious Pluralism, Eastern Ethical Monism and Western “Civic Totalism”’, paper presentation during Third ICLARS Conference on ‘Religion, Democracy, and Equality’, The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA, 21-24 August 2013

‘Religious Freedom, Eastern Ethical Monism and Western “Civic Totalism”: Pluralist Constitutionalism as the Answer?’, paper presentation during conference on ‘The Rule of Law with Chinese Characteristics in Transition’, The Centre for Chinese and Comparative Law, School of Law, City University of Hong Kong in association with Chinese Journal of Law, Institute of Law, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing, Hong Kong, 5-7 June 2013

‘The State, Civil Society and Religious Freedom’, paper presentation during conference on  ‘Religion and Civil Society; The Changing Faces of “Religion” and “Secularity”’, workshop ‘Religious Freedom in Contemporary Juridical Context’, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA, 7-8 June 2012

‘Joseph H.H. Weiler’s Approach to Democratic Legitimacy of the European Union: Is There a Message for Neo-Calvinists?’, paper presentation during Kuyper Center Annual Conference, ‘Neo-Calvinism and Democracy’, Princeton University, NJ, 19-21 April 2012

‘Habermas and Ratzinger and the Three Dimensions of State Legitimacy’, paper presentation during workshop ‘Observing Political Legitimacy’, Universiteit Leiden, 18 November 2011

‘From Dooyeweerd Cabinet to Minority Cabinet: The Democratic Order at Stake?’, paper presentation during International Symposium 2011 on  ‘The Future of Creation Order’, Association for Reformational Philosophy, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, 16-19 August 2011. – With George Harinck

‘A Right Not to be Offended? In Search of the Limits of the Government’s Ability to Display Religious Symbols in the Public Workplace’, paper presentation during Internationaal Symposium ‘Religious Diversity in the European Workplace’, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, 13 January 2011

‘The Dutch Political Reformed Party and Passive Female Suffrage:  A Comparison of Two High Court Judgments in the Light of Constitutional Theory’, paper presentation during symposium ‘Political Parties and Public Law: The Netherlands in Comparative Perspective, Leiden, 25 June 2010

‘The European Court of Human Rights’ Jurisprudence on Religious Symbols in Comparative Perspective: Maximum Protection of the Freedom of Religion Through Judicial Minimalism?’, paper presentation during First ICLARS International Conference on ‘Law and Religion in the 21st Century: Relations between States and Religious Communities’, workshop ‘Religious Symbols in Public Institutions’, University of Milan, Italy, 22-24 January 2009. – With Florian H. Karim Theissen

Respondent, Annual Meeting of the Dutch Association of Constitutional Law on ‘Rule of Law and Religion’, workshop ‘Adjudication in Religious Cases’, University of Amsterdam, 17 December 2008

‘The European Court of Human Rights and Political Rights: The Need for More Guidance’, paper-presentation during staff exchange Leiden-Oxford, ‘Interpretation of National Law in the Context of Transnational Law’, Leiden, 23-25 September 2008

Participant, Brainstorm ‘Church and State’, Protestant Church in the Netherlands, 5 September 2008, Utrecht

‘”Curbing” Multiculturalism in the European Court of Human Rights’, lecture during day conference on ‘Multiculturalism – Template for Peace or Recipe for Conflict?’, West Yorkshire School of Christian Studies, Leeds, UK, 8 December 2007

Participant, Silver Jubilee Conference ‘From Silver to Gold: The Next 25 Years of Law and Religion’, Emory University, Atlanta, USA, 24-26 October 2007

‘Legal Perspectives’, comments during The Atlantic Conversations on Religion and Public Life, St. George’s House (in association with Princeton University), Windsor Castle, UK, 29 June-2 July 2007

Participant, Expert Meeting ‘Religion and the Public Domain: American-Style Situations?’, Master Christian Studies and Socires Foundation, Free University, Amsterdam, 6 December 2006

Participant, Expert Meeting ‘Religious Pluralism and Human Rights in Europe: Where to Draw the Line?’, Netherlands Institute of Human Rights, Utrecht, 9-10 May 2006

‘The US and the EU: Multicultural Democracies?’, presentation during Joint Leiden-Duisburg Philosophical Colloquium on ‘Law, Religion, Ethics and Politics’, Leiden, 20 April 2006

‘The Concept of Multicultural Democracy; A Preliminary Christian-Philosophical Appraisal’, paper presentation during  International Symposium 2005 on ‘Ethics: Person, Practices and Society’, Association for Reformational Philosophy, Hoeven, 15-19 August 2005

‘Multicultural Democracy: In Search of a Reformed Approach’, presentation during Assembly Reformed Ecumenical Council, Utrecht, 19 July 2005

‘Protestantism, Globalization, and the Democratic Constitutional State’, paper presentation during Jubilee Congress 1854-2004 on ‘Reshaping Protestantism in a Global Context’, workshop ‘Democracy and Human Rights’, Theologische Universiteit Kampen, Kampen, 1-4 September 2004

‘From Establishment to Strict Separation: The Changing Relationship between Church and State  in Europe, paper presentation during Annual Meeting, American Political Science Association, Atlanta, Ga., USA, 2-5 September 1999

Participant, Conference ‘Christian Historical Writing for the Twenty-First Century’, The Study Group on Christianity and History, Offchurch, Warwickshire, UK, 18-20 July 1999

‘The Fall of Christian Democracy in Europe’, paper presentation during Second National Conference, Christians in Political Science, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI, USA, 17-20 June 1999

‘Recent Developments in the Relationship between Church and State in the European Union: the Role of the Judiciary’, paper presentation during the Interim Meeting of the Research Committee on Comparative Judicial Studies, International Political Science Association, Northeastern University, Boston, MA, USA, 30 August-1 September 1998

The Post-War ARP and Kuyper’s Legacy’, paper presentation during conference on ‘Christianity and Culture. The Heritage of Abraham Kuyper on Different Continents’, Free University, Amsterdam, 9-11 June 1998

Participant, conference on ‘Religion, Pluralism, and Public Life. Abraham Kuyper’s Legacy for the 21st Century’, Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, New Jersey, USA, 25-28 February 1998

Co-Director workshop ‘Religion and Mass Electoral Behaviour’, European Consortium for Political Research, Universität Bern, 27 February -4 March 1997. – With David Broughton

‘The Development of Dutch Christian Democracy, 1945-1995’, presentation during international colloquium on ‘Christian Democracy in de European Union, 1945-1995’, Katholiek Documentatie- en Onderzoekscentrum (KADOC), Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, 15-18 November 1995

‘The Dutch Party System in Crisis?’, presentation during seminar ‘Party Systems in Crisis?’, School of European Studies, University of Wales, Cardiff, UK, 29 November 1993

‘The European Court of Justice, National Supreme and Constitutional Courts and the Principle of Supremacy of the Community Legal Order: The Need for (More) Research’, paper presentation during Annual Meeting, American Political Science Association, Chicago, Ill., USA, 3-6 September 1992

 

 

 

 

 

Associate Professor

  • Faculteit Rechtsgeleerdheid
  • Instituut voor Publiekrecht
  • Staats- en Bestuursrecht

Work address

Kamerlingh Onnes Building
Steenschuur 25
2311 ES Leiden
Room number B118

Contact

Publications

  • Tijdschrift voor Religie, Recht en Beleid Lid redactie
  • Stichting De Honderd Gulden Reis Secretaris