Dr. Kyriaki Topidi

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Kyriaki is head of the cluster "Culture & Diversity". Kyriaki holds a degree in law from the Robert Schuman Faculty of Law in Strasbourg, an MA in International Studies from the University of Birmingham and a PhD in European Studies from Queen's University Belfast. 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 (Halle), 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. Her current research project deals with religious diversity in education through the interplay of the rights to religious freedom, equality and education. 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).

She has recently edited a collection on Normative Pluralism and Human Rights (Routledge, 2018). Her next book will focus on comparative religious diversity in education (Routledge, forthcoming). At the ECMI, she will be contributing in the design and implementation of a research agenda on hate speech and freedom of expression as it affects minority rights on a comparative European basis. She will also be working on religious minority governance aspects within the Centre's current activities.

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