Jeroen Temperman successfully defended his doctoral thesis yesterday. The title is: ‘State-Religion Relationships and Human Rights Law: Towards a Right to Religiously Neutral Governance’. Jeroen began studying a little more than two years ago, which in itself makes the accomplishment impressive. The thesis is a fascinating and thorough review of the relationship between States and religion, taken from a human rights perspective.
the thesis was supervised by Prof. Joshua Castellino, formerly of the Irish Centre for Human Rights and now head of the law school at the University of Middlesex, in London. The external examiner was Dr Nazila Ghanea, of the University of Oxford.
Jeroen leaves the Irish Centre for Human Rights this weekend to take up a position as lecturer at the University of Amsterdam. He is planning to live on a houseboat on a canal in the middle of Amsterdam. Since we began awarding PhD degrees, slightly more than four years ago, nineteen students have graduated. By my count, thirteen of them are working as university lecturers, with the others engaged in employment appropriate to their level of education. The photo shows, from left, Jeroen, Nazila Ghanea, myself and Joshua Castellino.