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Peter G. Danchin

Professor of Law and
Director, International and Comparative Law Program

Phone: (410) 706-3960
Fax: (410) 706-2184
E-mail:
pdanchin @ law.umaryland.edu

Office: 446

B.A., University of Melbourne, 1994
LL.B. (Hons), University of Melbourne, 1994
LL.M., Columbia University, 1998
J.S.D., Columbia University, 2006

Curriculum Vitae


Biography | Selected Publications

Peter Danchin is Professor of Law and Director of the International and Comparative Law Program at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. He holds a B.A. and LL.B. with first class honors from the University of Melbourne where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Melbourne University Law Review and President of the Law Students' Society, and a LL.M. and J.S.D. from Columbia Law School where he was a Bretzfelder International Law Fellow.  From 2000-2006, he was lecturer and director of the human rights program at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and from 1997-2000 taught in a research and training program conducted by the Center for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University on Religion, Human Rights and Religious Freedom.  He has been a foreign law clerk to Chief Justice Arthur Chaskalson of the Constitutional Court of South Africa, worked as a foreign associate at the New York law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom, and as an associate at the Australian law firm of Allens Arthur Robinson. He currently teaches public international law, international human rights, South African constitutional law, and comparative public policy and law reform. During the 2014/2015 academic year, Professor Danchin will be a Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Theological Inquiry. He will serve as co-leader of their Inquiry on Law & Religious Freedom, which is being held in cooperation with the Program in Law and Public Affairs at Princeton University.

Danchin’s scholarship focuses on competing conceptions of the right to freedom of religion and belief in international legal theory and on tensions between liberal and value pluralist approaches in particular.  He is co-editor with Elizabeth A. Cole of Protecting the Human Rights of Religious Minorities in Eastern Europe (Columbia, 2002) and his articles in this area have been published in the Columbia Journal of Transnational LawYale Journal of International LawJournal of Law and ReligionHarvard International Law JournalDuke Forum for Law and Social Change; and Michigan Journal of International Law.

Danchin is currently engaged in a joint research project on the "Politics of Religious Freedom: Contested Norms and Local Practices" funded by the Henry R. Luce Foundation of New York which examines the multiple histories and genealogies of religious freedom. The project includes a series of workshops to be held in Venice, Chiang Mai and Cairo as well as a new course on "Religious Freedom and the Rights of Religious Minorities" co-taught in July 2011 at the Venice School of Human Rights.

At Maryland, Danchin is co-chair of the Colloquium in International and Comparative Law and faculty advisor to the Maryland Journal of International Law. He has been a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Public and International Law at the ANU College of Law in Canberra, Australia; an Erasmus Mundus Scholar at the Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict at the Ruhr Universität in Bochum, Germany; and a Visiting Professor in Human Rights at the University for Peace in Costa Rica, the University of Cape Town in South Africa, and Externado University in Bogota, Colombia.

Professor Danchin is on sabbatical during the 2013-2014 academic year as a Visiting Professor in the Law Faculty and A. W. Mellon Visiting Fellow in Religious Studies at the University of Cape Town in South Africa.

Books

Editor, Politics of Religious Freedom (forthcoming 2015) (with Winnifred Fallers Sullivan, Elizabeth Shakman Hurd, and Saba Mahmood).

The Politics of Religious Freedom: Contested Genealogies, Special Issue, 113:1 South Atlantic Quarterly (2014) (with Saba Mahmood).

Editor, United Nations Reform and the New Collective Security (2010) (with Horst Fisher). [Abstract]

Editor, Protecting the Human Rights of Religious Minorities in Eastern Europe (2002) (with Elizabeth A. Cole).

Book Chapters

Religious Freedom in the Panopticon of Enlightenment Rationality, in Politics of Religious Freedom (forthcoming 2015) (with Winnifred Fallers Sullivan, Elizabeth Shakman Hurd, and Saba Mahmood).

The Politics of Religious Establishment: Recognition of Muslim Marriages in South Africa, in Varieties of Religious Establishment (Lori G. Beaman and Winnifred Fallers Sullivan eds., 2013). [Full Text]

Introduction: The New Collective Security, in United Nations Reform and the New Collective Security (Peter Danchin & Horst Fischer eds., 2010). [Full Text]

Things Fall Apart: The Concept of Collective Security in International Law, in United Nations Reform and the New Collective Security (Peter Danchin & Horst Fischer eds., 2010). [Full Text]

Whose Public? Which Law? Mapping the Internal/External Distinction in International Law, in Sanctions, Accountability and Governance in a Globalised World (Kim Rubenstein and Jeremy Farrall eds. 2009) [Full Text]

International Law, Human Rights and the Transformative Occupation of Iraq, in The Role of International Law in Rebuilding Societies after Conflict 64 (Brett Bowden et al. eds., 2009). [Full Text]

Human Rights, Humanitarian Law and the "War on Terrorism" in Afghanistan, in Between Force and Mercy: Military Action and Humanitarian Aid 111 (Dennis Dijkzeul, ed. 2004). [Full Text]

The Evolving Jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights and the Protection of Religious Minorities, in Protecting the Human Rights of Religious Minorities in Eastern Europe 192 (Elizabeth A. Cole & Peter Danchin, eds. 2002). [Full Text]

External Monitoring and the International Protection of Freedom of Religion or Belief in Protecting the Human Rights of Religious Minorities in Eastern Europe 131 (Elizabeth A. Cole & Peter Danchin, eds. 2002). [Full Text]

Religion, Religious Minorities and Human Rights: An Introduction in Protecting the Human Rights of Religious Minorities in Eastern Europe 1 (Elizabeth A. Cole & Peter Danchin, eds. 2002). [Full Text]

Articles

Immunity or Regulation?: Antinomies of Religious Freedom, 113 South Atlantic Quarterly 129 (2014) (with Saba Mahmood).

Politics of Religious Freedom: Contested Genealogies, 113 South Atlantic Quarterly 1 (2014) (with Saba Mahmood).

The Tangled Law and Politics of Religious Freedom, 10 Santa Clara Journal of International Law 73 (2012). [Full Text]

Islam in the Secular Nomos of the European Court of Human Rights, 32 Michigan Journal of International Law 663 (2011). [Full Text]

Defaming Muhammad: Dignity, Harm and Incitement to Religious Hatred, 2 Duke Forum for Law and Social Change 5 (2010). [Full Text]

Who is the "Human" in Human Rights? The Claims of Culture and Religion, 24 Maryland Journal of International Law 94 (2009). [Full Text]

Beyond Rationalism and Instrumentalism: the Case for Rethinking U.S. Engagement with International Law and Organization, 28 SAIS Review 79 (2008). [Full Text]

Of Prophets and Proselytes: Freedom of Religion and the Conflict of Rights in International Law, 49 Harvard International Law Journal 249 (2008). [Full Text]

Suspect Symbols: Value Pluralism as a Theory of Religious Freedom in International Law, 33 Yale Journal of International Law 2 (2008) [Full Text]

The Emergence and Structure of Religious Freedom in International Law Reconsidered, 23 Journal of Law and Religion 455 (2008). [Full Text]

Between Rogues and Liberals: Toward Value Pluralism as a Theory of Freedom in Religion in International Law, 100 American Society of International Law Proceedings 114 (2006). [Full Text]

Transitional Justice in Afghanistan: Confronting Violations of International Humanitarian and Human Rights Law, 4 Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law 1 (2003). [Full Text]

U.S. Unilateralism and the International Protection of Religious Freedom: The Multilateral Alternative, 41 Columbia Journal of Transnational Law 35 (2002). [Full Text]



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