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(2021) Ioannis, Papadopoulos, The difficulties of faith in modern times and the effects on democracy, Working Paper (The difficulties of faith in modern times and the effects on democracy_Notes)

(2020) Lina Papadopoulou, Prohibitions of Religiously Loaded Speech: (How) Can Advocacy for Allowing Blasphemy be Reconciled with Supporting the Prohibition of Hate Speech ?, in: Kerstin von der Decken / Angelika Günzel (eds.), Staat – Religion – Recht . Fellowship for Gerhard Robbers at 70. Birthday, Nomos, Baden-Baden, 2020, 847-864

(2020) Lina Papadopoulou, Hate Speech and Autonomy of Religious Communities, σε: Merilin Kiviorg (επιμ), Securitisation of Religious Freedom: Religion and Limits of State Control, European Consortium for Church and State Research, Proceedings of the XXIXth Annual Conference organized in Tallinn, Estonia, 16-18 November 2017, pp. 99 -123

(2020) Lina Papadopoulou, Securitisation of Religious Freedom: Religion and the Limits of State Control in Greece, σε: Merilin Kiviorg (επιμ), Securitisation of Religious Freedom: Religion and Limits of State Control, European Consortium for Church and State Research, Proceedings of the XXIXth Annual Conference organized in Tallinn, Estonia, 16-18 November 2017, pp. 257-273

(2019) Lina Papadopoulou, Church-State Relations 200 years since the revolution of 1821, in: The Constitution in Progress, Honorary Volume for Professor Antonis Manitakis, Athens-Thessaloniki: Sakkoula 2019, 617-666

Christos Tsironis,

Religion and society in the second modernity –

Reasons, dialogues and contradictions in the work of Ul. Beck,

published by Barbounaki 2019

 

Research Activity  Nr. 1
Person in charge Lina Papadopoulou
Title Reconciling Religions and Rights in Europe
 

Description

 

The first research project aims at exploring the robust, sometimes volatile, relationship between religions and fundamental rights, their conflicts in European societies and the ways to achieve convergence between them. The project consists of a series of Research Papers and essays which will focus on crucial issues concerning various aspects of the project, in particular:

1.       Freedom of artistic expression in religious diverse societies: religious insult, censorship and controversial works of art (Nikos Gaitenidis)

2.       Combating Discrimination through Criminal Law: EU Legislative Initiatives on Hate Crime, Hate Speech and Discrimination on the Basis of Religion and Other Characteristics (Lima Dafni)

3.       The Legal Position of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople in the Case Law of the ECtHR (Dimitrios Nikiforos)

4.    The Notion of ‘Reasonable Accommodation of Religion’ in American and French Law and Social Practices (Ioannis Papadopoulos)

There is a threefold interest in this research project. It opens a field of comparative research of the conception of “separation of religion and state” (laïcité in French) in American and French law; it performs a literature review, as well as a review of legislation and case law, which will have an added value as sources of reference concerning the different schools of thought on the relations between the religious and the secular; and it has a philosophical and sociological interest as a higher-order reflection on the possible accommodations between the republican law and the religious phenomenon.

 

Research Activity  Nr. 2
Person in charge Despina Anagnostopoulou
Title Peacefull co-existence and the Securitization of religion in Europe
 

Description

 

The second research project aims at exploring the the means and procedures with which peaceful coexistence of diverse religious communities will be achieved in the European societies. The project consists of a series of Research Papers and essays which will focus on crucial issues concerning various aspects of the project, in particular:

1.       Religion in pluralistic democracies: co-existence, Human Rights, moderation, and cosmopolitan deliberation (Christos N. Tsironis)

2.    Religion and the Radical Right in Greece: Discourse Analysis and Electoral Behaviour(Konstantinos Papastathis)

3.    Inter-religious dialogue frameworks in the European Union (Despoina Anagnostopoulou)

 

Research Activity  Nr. 3
Person in charge Nikolaos Maghioros
Title State and religion in the European public order
 

Description

 

The third research project focuses on the dynamics and the relationships between the state and religions in the European public order with a special focus on the Greek state. The project consists of a series of Research Papers and essays which will focus on crucial issues concerning various aspects of the project, in particular:

1.    The Church, the Mufti and the Greek Family Law (Eleni Zervogianni)

2.    Examining the subject of Religious Education in the Greek Secondary School

 

3.    From the Primacy of Peter . . . to the Primacy of EU Law: What the CJEU Could Learn from the Canon Law of the Church of the First Millennium

4.    Church and State relations in Europe and in Greece. A study based on the Proceedings of the Greek parliament. (The formation of the State Church Relations and the parliamentary practice from 1844) (Lina Papadopoulou  – Nikos Maghioros)

5.   State – Church models in the light of the European standards for protecting religious liberty

This extended essay will provide with a comparative analysis of the models regulating the relations and correlation between religious communities and churches on the one hand and state on the other. It will then proceed to evaluate these models under the light of the jurisprudence of both European courts, the CJEU and the ECtHR. It will then focus on the Greek model and critically challenge its dark sides and shed light upon its deficiancies when compared to European human rights standards.