UT Law to Host Lecture on Religion, Law by Italian Professor September 8

Andrea-PinItalian law professor Andrea Pin will discuss the relationship between religion and international law during his visit to the UT College of Law on Monday, September 8.

Pin is a senior lecturer at the University of Padua’s Department of Public, International, and European Law, where he teaches constitutional law, comparative public law, and Islamic law. His primary fields of interest are freedom of religion or belief, Middle Eastern constitutionalism, subsidiarity, and fiscal federalism.

The lecture, “The Cross of Europe: Separation of Church and State, Religious Liberty, and National Identities at the European Court of Human Rights,” will be held at noon in Room 132 of the College of Law. Co-sponsored by the College of Law, the college’s chapter of the International Law Students Association (ILSA), and the UT Department of Religious Studies, the lecture is free and open to the public.

“We’re glad to welcome Professor Pin, whose visit will offer our students a unique international perspective on the role of international law in balancing state identity and individual rights,” said Robert C. Blitt, associate professor of law and ILSA faculty advisor. “This type of exposure and exchange is one way in which the college is working to prepare students for legal careers in an increasingly interconnected world.”

Pin graduated from the University of Padua in 2001 with a degree in law. He received his doctorate in public law from the University of Turin in 2006. He has done research at Saint Joseph University in Beirut and at the University of Tunis El Manar and the University of Manouba, both in Tunisia.

He was previously a lecturer of interethnic law at Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan, Italy, and is currently a member of the scientific committee of the Oasis International Foundation. Additionally, Pin has clerked for Italian Supreme Court Justice Marta Cartabia since 2011.

In the United States, Pin is a senior fellow and visiting scholar at the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University. He is also a Kellogg visiting fellow at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame and a visiting professor of European Union law at the Notre Dame Law School.

Pin is the author of two books, has edited or co-edited two books on human rights, and edited the Italian translation of John Witte Jr.’s Law and Protestantism: The Legal Teachings of the Lutheran Reformation. His works have appeared in Italian, English, and Spanish.

C O N T A C T: 

Roger Hagy (865-974-6788, rhagy1@utk.edu)