Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium

Christians Louis Leon PictureLouis-Léon Christians, PhD, JCD, is a full professor at the Catholic University of Louvain where he holds the Chair of Law & Religions and is in charge of the working group of French-speaking canonists in Belgium. Since 2016, he has been President of the Interuniversity Doctoral School in Religious Sciences (EDOREL - FNRS) in French-speaking Belgium. His research and teaching concern Belgian and European law on freedom of religion, comparative religious laws, including Canon law and Islamic law, as well as the relationship between law, theology and religious studies. He is the author of more than 200 scientific publications in these fields. He is a regular expert with various Belgian, European and international institutions. He has been a member of the Board, Belgian Interfederal Centre for Equal Opportunities and the Fight against Racism and Discrimination (UNIA) since 2014, and since 2017, a member of the Board, Public Institute for the Promotion of Training on Islam (IPFI). Until 2019, he was Vice-President, Belgian Association for the Study of Religion (BABEL) and President of the Interdisciplinary research institute "Religions, Spiritualities, Cultures, Societies" at UCLouvain from 2012 to 2019, which brings together more than a hundred researchers in religious studies and theology.

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