The Ambiguous Relationship Between Religious Minorities and Fundamental (Minority) Rights
On October 29, 2010, Kristin Henrard accepted the position of extraordinary professor on minority protection at the Erasmus School of Law, a chair which is funded by the Trustfonds of Erasmus University Rotterdam. This book contains Henrard's inaugural speech. Henrard first revisits the relationship between and temporal evolution of general human rights and special minority-specific rights, by showing how fundamental rights were originally conceived for and tailored towards the needs of religious minorities. In the second part, Henrard exposes the ambiguous relationship between religious minorities and fundamental rights. Indeed, while religious minorities, and the protection they were considered to need, may have triggered the emergence of both general human rights and special minority rights, subsequently their special needs - in terms of human dignity, identity, and substantive equality - were neglected. Henrard consequently calls for a redress of the current imbalance - more particularly by a refinement of the existing norms.
Publication Date: 6/29/2011