Eugenia Relano Pastor
Dr. Eugenia Relaño Pastor (PHD, University of Granada, 2001) works currently as Legal adviser in the Migration and Equal Treatment Area at the Spanish Ombudsman. She holds a Doctorate Degree in Law and Bachelor Degrees in Political Science and in Sociology. She is an Assistant Professor in Complutense University (Madrid) and Professor in the Master: Islam in European Societies, Faculty of Anthropology, Complutense University. She was a Fulbright Fellow in the Salzburg Seminar and visiting scholar in Institutions such as University of California at Berkeley, Institute of Comparative and European Law at the University of Oxford, Law School in Harvard University, University of Ottawa, etc.
She was member of the Advisory Panel of Experts on Freedom of Religion and Belief, ODIHR-OSCE (2005-2012). Currently she is the Spanish representative member of the Legal Working Group (LWG) of the European Group of National Human Rights Institutions (Council of Europe). Her research expertise comprises International Religious Freedom, Comparative Law, Equality, Religious Minorities, National Minorities, Xenophobia, Multiculturalism and Immigration.
Recent publications include ‘Religious Pluralism in Liberal Democracies’ in the edited volume Islam, Human Rights and Secular Values (Liberte, 2012); ‘Etudes de cas de discriminations religieuses en Espagne in the edited volume Les discriminations religieuses en Europe: droit et pratiques (L’Harmattan, 2012); ‘Participation of Muslim Minorities in the Spanish Mainstream society’ in the edited volume The Interrelation between the Right to Identity of Minorities and their Socio-economic participation (Martinus Nijhoff, 2013) and “The ‘Inclusive State Neutrality’ Normative Paradigm” in the edited volume Belief, Law and Politics. What Future for a Secular Europe? (Ashgate, 2014).
The Hijab Wearer as an Outlaw: a need for coherence in the two European Supranational Courts
Muslim women who wear a headscarf have gradually become outlaws in Europe to the extent that the headscarf itself has been “de-normalized” and automatically problematized in different societal contexts. Claims of discrimination on the basis of wearing religious garments have been only partially successful in courts. As result, politicians and government actors aligned with judicial […]