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Montserrat Gas Aixendri

Catedrática de Derecho. Directora del Instituto de Estudios Superiores de la Familia y de la Cátedra Childcare & Family Policies, Universitat Internacional de Catalunya

Full Professor of Law at the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya School of Law (Barcelona). European JD in Law from Universidad Complutense de Madrid School of Law and a JD in Canon Law from the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross School of Canon Law (Rome). Director of the Institute of Advanced Family Sudies. She runs the IsFamily Santander Chair, on family solidarity studies and the Childcare & Family Policies Chair funded by Joaquim Molins Figueras Foundation. Member of the Panel of Experts on Freedom of Religion or Belief at OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) (2019-2022). Research Fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs at Georgetown University in 2014 and at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Law School in 2017. Visiting scholar at the University of Illinois (USA), Universidad de Los Andes (Chile), Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (Chile) and Universidad Austral (Argentina). Her writings include seven books as author, co-author or editor, and more than eighty essays in chapters and journal articles. Recent publications include: Managing Religious Diversity in Europe: Legal Implications of Religious Affiliation and Change of Religion (Routledge 2021); El derecho negativo a manifestar la religión o creencias (Revista General de Derecho Canonico y Derecho Eclesiastico del Estado, 54 2020); El reconocimiento de la libertad de opción religiosa en la Ley Orgánica de Libertad Religiosa de 1980 (Derecho y Religión 15 2020); Secularity, citizenship and religious identity in Israel (Quaderni di Diritto e Politica Ecclesiastica 24 2016); Safeguarding the right to change religion in Europe (Religion, State & Society 43 2015); Family and Sustainable Development (2015) (edited with R. Cavallotti). Her research is mainly focused on religious freedom and accommodation of cultural and religious diversity under State law, the position of religion within the public sphere, and issues regarding family canon law and family studies.

Experience

  • –present
    Catedrática de Derecho. Directora del Instituto de Estudios Superiores de la Familia y de la Cátedra Childcare & Family Policies, Universitat Internacional de Catalunya

Education

  • 2012 
    Universidad Complutense, Doctor en Derecho