«I believe it is possible to expand on this common basis to build a system that recognizes the diversity of expressions and perspectives, and that allows for more openness and systematic collaboration in the service of the people we all care for, guided by the principles of humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independence.»

António Guterres Current Secretary-General of the United Nations

Who we are

Honorary Committee
The Honorary Comittee is the main decision organ of the Association


Ms. Mary ROBINSON, President of the Honorary Committee
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Former High Commissioner for Human Rights and former president of the Republic of Ireland. All succeeded to the presidency of the honorary committee. As for the association, it was fast developing. In 1966, the international headquarters of AIDLR was transferred from Paris to Bern. From 1973, in addition to that already in place in France, new national sections were formed in several countries of Western Europe and Canada: then, in Eastern Europe, and in the Caribbean.


Jean BAUBÉROT, university professor, honorary President of the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes at the Sorbonne, France

Beverly Bert BEACH, former Secretary General Emeritus of the International Religious Liberty Association, United States

Francois BELLANGER, university professor, Switzerland

Heiner BIELEFELDT, UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion and Belief, professor of human rights at the University of Erlangen Nuremberg, Germany

Reinder BRUINSMA, writer, university professor, Netherlands

Jaime CONTRERAS, university professor, Spain

Joaquin MANTECON, university professor, former Director of Religious Affairs, Ministry of Justice, Spain

Francesco MARGIOTTA BROGLIO, university professor, President of the Italian Commission for Religious Freedom, Representative of Italy to UNESCO, Italy

Mrs Rosa Maria MARTINEZ DE CODES, university professor, Spain

Juan Antonio MARTINEZ MUÑOZ, university professor, Spain

Javier MARTINEZ TORRON, university professor, Spain

Rafael PALOMINO, university professor, Spain

Émile POULAT, university professor, research director at CNRS, France

Jacques ROBERT, university professor, former member of the Constitutional Council, France

John ROCHE, member of the Institute, France

Jaime ROSSELL GRANADOS, Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of Extremadura, Spain

Gianfranco ROSSI, former Secretary General of the IADLR, Switzerland

Robert SEIPLE, former Ambassador of International Religious Freedom in U.S. Department of State, United States

Jose Miguel Serrano RUIZ-CALDERON, university professor, Spain

Mohammed TALBI, university professor, Tunisia

Rik TORFS, Rector of the University of Leuven, Belgium

Maurice VERFAILLIE, former Secretary General of the IADLR, Switzerland