Religion, Society, State.

Securitization of Religious Freedom – Religious Associations and Scope of State Control


The University of Tartu, School of Law together with the Estonian Ministry of Internal Affairs present an Estonia's EU presidency conference. The theme of the conference (religion, security and radicalization) is topical in Europe and beyond. There will be up to 200 participants including about 70 foreign guests. It is an interdisciplinary conference bringing together academics, professionals, members of diverse religious communities, politicians and civil service from all European Union countries.

Amongst the guests are 36 members of the European Consortium for Church and State Research. The Consortium is composed of a number of law professors who share a common interest in the relations between States and religious denominations in Europe from a historical, political and, particularly, juridical point of view. The Consortium promotes studies in this spectrum, organizes meetings and facilitates contacts between scholars from the various European Countries. It especially promotes cooperation in scientific research and the sharing of specialized knowledge. Amongst the members of the consortium are, for example, rector of the KU of Leuven Prof. Rik Torfs, a member of the Dutch Senate and a professor of Radboud University Sophie van Bijsterveld, Judge of the European Court of Human Rights Vincent de Gaetano, Prof. Mark Hill (QC, Kings College London) to name just a few. The conference is supported also by the Conference of European Churches (CEC), COMECE and Estonian Council of Churches.

There are several speakers at the conference from the University of Tartu: Prof. Ülle Madise (School of Law/Chancellor of Justice); Associate Professor Dr. Olga Schihalejev (School of Theology and Religious Studies); Dr. Elo Süld (Head of the Asian Centre/School of Theology and Religious Studies); Dr. Priit Rohtmets (School of Theology and Religious Studies) and Dr. Merilin Kiviorg (School of law, Senior Research Fellow in Public International Law/member of the European Consortium for Church and State Research).

In conjunction with the conference there will be doctoral seminars. These seminars are organized by the Doctoral School in Economics and Innovation and are supported by the European Union, European Regional Development Fund (University of Tartu’s ASTRA project PER ASPERA).

The conference is by invitation only and further registration for the conference is now closed.

For further information about the conference please contact Dr. Merilin Kiviorg ( or Aive Suik ( 

Date:   16-18 November 2017, Tallinn, Estonia


Estonian Ministry of the Interior

University of Tartu, School of Law

European Consortium for Church and State Research

Conference of European Churches - CEC

Estonian Council of Churches

Venue:   National Library of Estonia (

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Translation:   Estonian-English/English-Estonian (main hall)