International Law and Religion Moot Court

Brazil 2022

The hypothetical case for the Moot Court is a part of the Faith for Rights Framework. The author of the case is Michael Wiener, with collaboration from Andrea Pin, Thiago Alves Pinto, and Rodrigo Vitorino Souza Alves.

Michael Wiener

Michael Wiener holds an LL.M. (London), Ass. iur. (Rheinland-Pfalz), and Dr. iur. (Trier). He works in the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. He was also one of the experts who participated in the consultations that drafted the Camden Principles on Freedom of Expression and Equality. His research interests in international human rights law include freedom of religion or belief, freedom of expression, and the prohibition of any advocacy of national, racial or religious hatred that constitutes incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence. In 2019, he and the co-authors Nazila Ghanea and Heiner Bielefeldt were awarded with the Premio Alberigo Senior Book Award for their international law commentary on “Freedom of Religion or Belief” (Oxford University Press, 2016).

Andrea Pin

Andrea Pin is associate professor in constitutional and comparative law at the University of Padua. He holds a PhD from the University of Turin. He has clerked at the Italian Constitutional Court since 2011. He is a senior fellow at the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University. He has authored two books, edited two books, and translated two additional books into Italian. His fields of study cover law and religion, comparative perspectives on human rights, comparative federalism, and constitutional interpretation.

Thiago Alves Pinto

Thiago Alves Pinto holds an LLB (Hons.) from Centro Universitário Curitiba (Brazil), a master's degree in International Human Rights Law from Åbo Akademi University (Finland), and a DPhil in Law from the University of Oxford. He is currently a Departmental Lecturer in Legal Studies and International Human Rights Law and the Director of Studies in Theology and Religious Studies at the Department for Continuing Education, University of Oxford.

Rodrigo Vitorino Souza Alves

Rodrigo Vitorino Souza Alves is a member of the Faculty of Law of the Federal University of Uberlandia (Brazil). He received his Ph.D in Law (Approved with Distinction by Unanimity) from the Faculty of Law of the University of Coimbra (Portugal), and his LL.M and LL.B from the Federal University of Uberlandia (Brazil). Prof. Alves was appointed as a member of the Working Group on Religious Freedom of the National Council of Justice by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Federal Court of Brazil from June to November 2022. He leads the Brazilian Center of Studies in Law and Religion - CEDIRE. More information here.