«I am keen to address emerging and existing concerns that fall within the scope of the mandate, and to focus on the implementation of international norms and standards, engaging with a wide variety of stakeholders in an open and inclusive manner.»

Dr. Ahmed Shaheed Special Rapporteur of the United Nations on Freedom of Religion or Belief

Who we are

Honorary Committee
Members of the Honorary Committee


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