Dr. habil. Kyriaki Topidi

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Kyriaki is head of the research cluster on "Culture & Diversity" and joined ECMI in 2019. She holds a degree in law from the Robert Schuman Faculty of Law in Strasbourg, an MA in International Studies from the University of Birmingham, a PhD in European Studies from Queen's University Belfast and a habilitation in Constitutional Law from the University of Fribourg. She has lectured extensively and researched in the areas of Public International Law, European Law, Human Rights and Comparative Law.

In the past, she has occupied research positions in various institutions and was a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Law of the University of Luzern in Switzerland. She has also worked as managing director of the Centre for Comparative Constitutional Law and Religion at the same institution. She has been a guest scholar at Fordham University (US), the IDC (Israel) and the Max Planck Institute in Halle (Germany), the Institute of Law and Religion of the University of Fribourg (Switzerland) as well as the National Law School Delhi (India) among others.

Her research interests focus on diversity management, minority protection rights and mechanisms (with a special interest in religion) and human rights law. She is the author and editor of a number of volumes, including EU law, Minorities and Enlargement (Intersentia, 2010), Constitutional Evolution in Central and Eastern Europe: Expansion and Integration in the EU (Ashgate, 2011), Transnational Legal Process and Human Rights (Ashgate, 2013) and Religion as Empowerment: Global Legal Perspectives (Routledge, 2016). More recently, she has edited a collection on Normative Pluralism and Human Rights (Routledge, 2018). Her latest monograph focuses on The Right to Difference and Comparative Religious Diversity in Education (Routledge, 2020). At the ECMI, in addition to her expertise on minority rights in education, she is researching on minority identity and digital governance as well as on the intersection of minorities with social movements. She is also the editor of JEMIE.

Selected publications

Topidi, K. (ed.). (2018). Normative Pluralism and Human Rights: Social Normativities in Conflict. Routledge

Topidi, K. (2020). Law and Religious Diversity in Education: The Right to Difference. Routledge

Topidi, K. (forthcoming), ‘Minority Identity in Digital Governance and the Challenges of Online Hate Speech Regulation in Europe’, in A-M. Biro, D. Newman and A. Fagan (eds.), Minority Rights and Unstable Orders. Routledge

Topidi, K. (forthcoming). Accountability in the globalized digital age: online content moderation & hate speech in the EU’in Piotr Mikuli and Grzegorz Kuca (eds.) Accountability, Control and Transparency of Public Power. Routledge

Topidi, K. (2020). ‘Faith Education in Britain: A normative pluralist scenario in the making’, in Tove Malloy and Levente Salat (eds.), Non- Territorial Autonomy and Decentralisation: Ethno-Cultural Diversity Governance, Routledge, pp. 215-239

Topidi, K. (2018). ‘The Culturalization of Religion and the Pursuit of Diversity: Co-existence within Religious Difference in South Africa and Europe’, in Christa Rautenbach et al. (eds.), In the Shade of an African Baobab: Tom Bennett’s Legacy, Juta Publishers, pp. 106-122

Topidi, K. (2020). Εκπαίδευση και θρησκεία: Ο ρόλος του κράτους και οι νέες προκλήσεις’ [Education and Religion: The role of the state and the new challenges] ΤοΣύνταγμα, Οκτώβριος, pp. 353-367.

Topidi, K. (2019). ‘Words that Hurt (2): National and International Perspectives on Hate Speech Regulation, ECMI Research Paper 119, available at https://www.ecmi.de/publications/ecmi-research-papers/119-words-that-hurt-2-national-and-international-perspectives-on-hate-speech-regulation

Topidi, K. (2019). ‘Words that Hurt (1): Normative and Institutional Considerations in the Regulation of Hate Speech in Europe’, ECMI Research Paper 118 , available at https://www.ecmi.de/publications/ecmi-research-papers/118-words-that-hurt-1-normative-and-institutional-considerations-in-the-regulation-of-hate-speech-in-europe

Topidi, K. (2019). ‘Religious Freedom, National Identity and the Polish Catholic Church: Converging Visions of Nation and God’, Religions, Special Issue, 10(5), 293, available at https://www.mdpi.com/2077-1444/10/5/293

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Selected conferences/workshops/guest lectures

21-22 September 2020: UN European Regional Forum on Hate Speech, Social Media and Minorities
Expert Contribution on Causes, Scale and Impact of Hate Speech Targeting Minorities in Social Media

9-11 September 2020: 1st ENTAN Training School on Non-Territorial Autonomy, University of Southern Denmark
Title of Module: Institutionalizing Islam in Europe

4 June 2020: EURAC Webinar on Minorities and COVID-19 (Episode 4)
Title of contribution: COVID-19 and Religious Minorities [available at http://www.eurac.edu/en/research/autonomies/minrig/services/Pages/Webinars.aspx ]

20 December 2019: Religion, Church and Constitution in Greece and in Europe - Centre of Excellence Jean Monnet for Religion and Constitutionalism/ Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece)
Title of paper: Εκπαίδευση και θρησκεία: Ο ρόλος του κράτους και οι νέες προκλήσεις’ [Education and Religion: The role of the state and the new challenges]

22-23 November 2019: 1st Conference of the European Network on Non-Territorial Autonomy (ENTAN) – University of Belgrade (Serbia)
Title of paper: Managing Religious Diversity in Education: Addressing Competing (in)Equalities in Plural Societies

30 October- 4 November 2019: Post-Graduate Winter School on Legal Pluralism and Governance in the Global South/ National Law University Patiala (India)
Title of modules: The Importance of Being Empirical in Comparative Legal Studies/ The Role and Position of the State in Public Education: Challenges of Legal Pluralism

25-27 September 2019: Law and Development Research Network Annual Conference, Humboldt University (Germany)
Title of paper: Religious Otherness as a Source of Normative Conflict

17-18 June 2019: Berkeley Comparative Equality and Anti-Discrimination Law Study Group Annual Conference, Stockholm University (Sweden)
Title of Paper: Comparative Constitutional Law and Diversity Management: Towards a Right to Difference

10-11 May 2019: 9thAnnual Younger Comparatists Committee Conference, McGill University, Montreal (Canada)
Title of paper: Comparative Constitutional Law, Normative Pluralism and Diversity Management: Towards a Right to Difference

15-17 April 2019: Juris Diversitas 6th General Conference: Law, Roots and Space, North-West University, Potchefstroom, (South Africa)

Other research and work experience
  • Expert on religious minorities for the Advisory Committee of the Framework Convention on the Protection of National Minorities (Council of Europe) 4th report on Switzerland /5th cycle report on Germany
  • Assessor for the Global Pluralism Index at the Global Centre for Pluralism (Ottawa/Canada)
  • Associate Editor for the Berkeley Comparative Equality & Anti-discrimination Law E-journal (2018-2019)
  • Scientific Collaborator at the Institute of Law and Religion at the Faculty of Law of the University of Fribourg/Switzerland
  • Member of the Interdisciplinary Centre for European Studies of the University of Flensburg/Germany
  • Member of the International Association of Comparative Law Younger Scholars Forum of the American Society for Comparative Law (outreach committee) (2018-2019)
  • Member of the Berkeley Comparative Equality and Anti-Discrimination Law Study Group
  • Member of Juris Diversitas
  • Scientific Expert for the International Association for the Defence of Religious Liberty
  • Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Law and Religion (published by Cambridge University Press)
  • Scientific Reviewer for Ashgate/Routledge, the online journals Religions, Erasmus Law Review and South Asia Research, Law and Social Inquiry, Laws, Social Sciences
  • Editor of the Journal for Ethnopolitics and Minority Issues (JEMIE)
  • Member of the Assessing Accession Collaborative Research Network
  • Board Member of the Research Committee on European Unification (RC-3) of the International Political Science Association (IPSA) (July 2006- July 2009)
  • Member of the European Academy of Religion
  • Member of the European Non-Territorial Autonomy Network (COST)
  • (Co)-supervisor of the postgraduate theses at the University of Flensburg (Germany)

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