‘An Encouraging Trend in Dutch Scholarship’

  • Feb 09, 2020 |

    The latest issue of Ecclesiastical Law Journal contains a review of a recent book by my colleague Sophie van Bijsterveld, who is Professor of Religion, Law, and Society at Radboud University in Nijmegen.

    Towards the end of the review, Dr. Patrick Nash (LLB, MSc, Ph.D., FHEA, BPTC) of the Woolf Institute, Cambridge, also refers to my recent book:

    ‘Van Bijsterveld’s book fits into an encouraging trend in Dutch scholarship – another good example of which is Hans-Martien ten Napel’s Constitutionalism, Democracy and Religious Freedom: to be fully human (2017) – which rejects the traditional state–individual binary of Church-state relations in favour of a richer, more holistic approach. Both van Bijsterveld and ten Napel rightly stress the systematic nature of constitutional democracy, whose health ultimately depends as much on civil society activity and positive social norms as on the protection of individual rights.’

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