Professor J.D. Temperman, appointed Endowed Professor of International Law and Religion

Jeroen Temperman (1981) was appointed Endowed Professor of International Law and Religion on 1 September 2017. The title of this endowed chair is: International law and religion in interdisciplinary context.

Prof. Temperman concentrates his research on matters connected to law and religion, including issues concerning religious hatred, religious symbols in public spaces, religious freedom in prisons, but also questions in relation to the role of religion and religious freedom in (public) education and the impact of different models of religion-state relations on the protection of human rights.

Having obtained undergraduate and MA degrees in Humanist Studies (cum laude) from the University of Humanistic Studies (Utrecht), Professor Temperman took his Law degree at Erasmus School of Law, specialising in International Law. Within the field of International Law, he further specialized in human rights, acquiring a European master degree (E.MA) in Human Rights from Venice and Copenhagen.

He was awarded his doctoral degree in 2009 by the Irish Centre for Human Rights, a research centre that is part of the National University of Ireland in Galway for his dissertation entitled: State-Religion Relationships and Human Rights Law: Towards a Right to Religiously Neutral Governance.

Professor Temperman, who has been the editor-in-chief of the international, interdisciplinary journal Religion & Human Rights since 2010, received a prestigious EUR fellowship for his research project Advocacy of Religious Hatred in International and Domestic Law in 2011 and was awarded a Fulbright grant in 2014. In 2015 Professor Temperman, who is also one of the founders of the Erasmus Institute for Public Knowledge (EIPK), was invited by the Organization for Safety and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to join the OSCE Panel of Experts on Freedom of Religion or Belief as one of its twelve members.


Publication date: 7 September 2017