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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 Co-Director of the International and Comparative Law Program at the University of Maryland 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. He was 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.  From 2000-2006, he was a lecturer and director of the human rights program at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

His areas of interest include international law, human rights, comparative constitutional law and legal theory.  His scholarship focuses, in particular, on critical approaches to the right to religious freedom in international legal, political, moral and theological thought.  Recent publications include Politics of Religious Freedom (Chicago University Press: 2015) edited with Winnifred Fallers Sullivan, Elizabeth Shakman Hurd and Saba Mahmood and Politics of Religious Freedom: Contested Genealogies (113:1, Duke University Press: 2014), a Special Issue of South Atlantic Quarterly edited with Saba Mahmood.  Earlier publications include United Nations Reform and the New Collective Security (Cambridge University Press: 2010) edited with Horst Fisher and Protecting the Human Rights of Religious Minorities in Eastern Europe  (Columbia University Press: 2002) edited with Elizabeth A. Cole.

In 2014-2015, he was as a Senior Research Fellow in Law at the Center of Theological Inquiry  in Princeton where he co-lead the Inquiry on Law and Religious Freedom in cooperation with the Program in Law and Public Affairs at Princeton University.  Previously, he was a Visiting Professor in Law and Andrew W. Mellon Visiting Fellow in religious studies at the University of Cape Town.  From 2011-2014, he was a member of the interdisciplinary research project Politics of Religious Freedom: Contested Norms and Local Practices.

At Maryland, he teaches courses in public international and transnational law, international human rights in both theory and practice, and South African constitutional law. He is Faculty Adviser to the Maryland Journal of International Law and International Law Society.

Books

Editor, Politics of Religious Freedom (2015) (with Winnifred Fallers Sullivan, Elizabeth Shakman Hurd & Saba Mahmood). [Abstract]

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

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 as a Technology of Modern Secular Government, in Institutionalizing Rights and Religion: Competing Supremacies 184 (Leora Batnitzky & Hanoch Dagan eds., 2017).

Theology as Disciplinary Inquiry: The Virtues of Humility and Hope, in Theology as Interdisciplinary Inquiry: Learning with and from the Natural and Human Sciences (Robin W. Lovin & Joshua Mauldin eds., 2017) (with Robin Lovin, Agustín Fuentes, Friederike Nüssel & Stephen Pope).

Introduction and Preface: Law and Politics, in Politics of Religious Freedom (2015) (with Winnifred Fallers Sullivan, Elizabeth Shakman Hurd & Saba Mahmood).

Religious Freedom in the Panopticon of Enlightenment Rationality, in Politics of Religious Freedom (2015) (with Winnifred Fallers Sullivan, Elizabeth Shakman Hurd & 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

Access to Essential Medicines in African Countries: An Introduction, 31 Maryland Journal of International Law 1 (2016) (with Diane Hoffmann). [Full Text]

Exceptional and Universal? Religious Freedom in American International Law, 3 Critical Analysis of Law 175 (2016). [Full Text]

Unlawful Religion? Modern Secular Power and the Legal Reasoning in the JFS Case, 29 Maryland Journal of International Law 419 (2014) (with Louis Blond). [Full Text]

Politics of Religious Freedom: Case Studies, 29 Maryland Journal of International Law 293 (2014) (with others). [Full Text]

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

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

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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