Challenging the Boundaries of Citizenship in the name of Integration

07 February 2019
19:00 - 20:30
lecture in Moscow
Recent ECtHR case law and Religious minorities with migrant background
About the lecture
Lecture will be in English without translation
The jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) is often a source of inspiration for other courts, both national and international. Notwithstanding the ECtHR's status as one of the most widely respected international human rights courts, the Court's jurisprudence has also been the object of (serious) criticisms.

This contribution zooms in on a particularly disconcerting development in the Court's jurisprudence, that is visible in several recent cases brought by religious minorities with a migrant background, in which the Court accepts - in the name of (requirements for) integration- far-reaching restrictions on the rights of these religious minorities with a migrant background to be respected in their own religiously inspired way of life. The Court furthermore glosses over a context of Islamophobia and related stereotypes, thus failing to identify and counter instances of discrimination on grounds of religion. Ultimately, states are enabled to exclude and marginalise these religious minorities with a migrant background, while disregarding the foundational value of the right to equal treatment for the human rights paradigm, and moving away from equal and inclusive citizenship. Put differently, the Court enables governments to dress up Islamophobic, exclusionary agenda's with a human face, thus challenging the boundaries of citizenship in the name of 'integration'.
Kristin Henrard
Kristin Henrard is Professor of Fundamental Rights and Minorities at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam as well as Associate Professor of International and European law. She teaches courses on advanced public international law, international criminal law, human rights, and on minorities and fundamental rights. In 2005-2010 she was member of The Young Academy of the Dutch Academy of Science. Kristin has held visiting fellowships at the Max Planck Institute on Ethnic and Religious Diversity (Göttingen, Germany); the Centre d'Etudes Ethniques des Universités Montréaloises (Québec, Canada) and African Centre for Migration and Society (Wits University, Johannesburg, South Africa). Her main publications pertain to the areas of human rights and minorities, ranging from educational rights, linguistic rights, to the prohibition of (racial) discrimination, socio-economic and political participation and religious fundamental rights. The past few years she has also worked on the intersection of fundamental rights, on the one hand, and social and philosophical approaches to integration (dilemmas), on the other. More recently she is working on 'vulnerability' as marker in human rights monitoring, and also on 'nationality'.
Thursday, 07 February 2019, 19:00
Moscow School for the Social and Economic Sciences (Shaninka)
Gazetny pereulok, 5, room 511-513
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The lecture is organised in cooperation with Moscow School for the Social and Economic Sciences
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